MACAO, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Macao will add a new ferry terminal to its current two in the first half of 2013, the Macao Post Daily reported on Wednesday, quoting the city's maritime chief as saying.
At present, there were two ferry terminals on the Macao Peninsula, the Inner Harbor and the Outer Harbor, and a temporary one on the city's Taipa Island in operation.
The Taipa temporary ferry terminal, which is located near the Macao International Airport, will be upgraded into a permanent one, which will have three berths available for larger capacity ships, the daily quoted Susana Wong Soi Man, director of the Macao Maritime Administration, as saying.
She made the remark after a ferry operated by a new ferry company crashed into the docking area of the Taipa temporary ferry terminal last Saturday, which forced the company to temporarily suspend its operations.
The main problem is that the temporary terminal do not have a spare wharf for such big ships, she said.
Macao's Infrastructure Development Office has confirmed that the government has budgeted about 1.5 billion patacas (188 million U.S. dollars) for the redevelopment project of the Taipa temporary ferry terminal.