Caldera-El Salvador ferry to start in July

Government officials say they expect the proposed El Salvador-Puntarenas ferry to go into service in July.

This is a project of  Naviera Española Odiel that has been in the works for some time. The ferry is expected to make three trips a week from El Salvador and three trips a week from Costa Rica to El Salvador.

The seagoing ferry is designed to hold 100 tractor trailers, and Costa Rican officials expect that the use of the ferry will reduce truck congestion at the Peñas Blancas border crossing with Nicaragua.

The voyage is expected to take about 16 hours one way. The usual land route can take up to five days depending on the border situations.

A spokesman for the ferry firm said that in the first three months of operations, passage will be limited to 60 trucks.

The ferry is scheduled to dock in Caldera and unload its cargo at the port of La Unión in El Salvador.

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