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  Channel NewsAsia 2 Apr 07
Private operators to run boat services to southern islands

SINGAPORE: If you are planning a visit to the Southern Islands, you will soon have to either charter a boat from private operators or use the regular ferry boat service to Kusu and St John's Islands.

The Sentosa Leisure Group (SLG) currently manages nine of the southern islands and oversees the daily scheduled ferries to Kusu and St John's Islands.

But from 2 May, SLG says it will no longer manage the ferry services to the southern islands when the contract with its ferry provider expires.

However, a ready pool of 12 private operators will be available for visitors who wish head to visit outlying islands. If you would like to know more, you can call the hotline at 1800-SENTOSA (1800-736 8672) between 9.00am - 6.30pm daily. - CNA/yy

Channel NewsAsia 11 Apr 07

Ferry ticket prices to Southern Islands going up from May 2

SINGAPORE : Beginning May 2, passengers will have to pay $4 more for ferry tickets between Marina South Pier and the Southern Islands. The new charges for adults will now be $15, while children will have to pay $12.

The operators of the ferry services York Launch says there are two reasons for the increase - the low number of passengers on the routes to Kusu and St John's Islands, and the berthing cost of its ferries onto these islands. It says the previous operator, Sentosa Leisure Group, used to absorb the berthing cost which ranged from $5 to $10 for each boat, and 50 cents for each passenger.

York Launch takes over the operation of ferry services on May 2. - CNA /ls

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