Shipping company, Baleària, has confirmed its previously announced new ferry route linking the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico will begin operating in November 2024.
Adolfo Utor, president of Baleària, unveiled details of the new route at the International Tourism Fair (Fitur) in Madrid, Spain.
“This new regular service will be part of the communication infrastructure and a key driver for the progress, socioeconomic development and connectivity of the two regions,” said Utor. “We have a keen interest in continuing to expand our business model in the Caribbean area, an emerging market with a great deal of potential.”
The event was attended by Pedro R. Pierluisi, the governor of Puerto Rico, Jorge Ramos, the mayor of the Puerto Rican city of Mayagüez, and Carlos Mercado Santiago, and the executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, as well as other dignitaries.
“Baleària joins multiple other companies that are backing Puerto Rico as a hub of opportunity and economic growth,” said Pierluisi. “I am convinced that this new route is just the beginning of more possibilities for Baleària, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.”
Alejandro Campos, the president of the board of directors of the Dominican Republic Port Authority added: “The transformation of the historic port of San Pedro de Macorís marks the rebirth of a maritime legacy and, together with the new route, symbolises the vision of progress and development that is the vision of President Luis Abinader. It establishes the Dominican Port Authority as a key player in achieving this dream.”