The commencement of ferry operations between El Salvador and Costa Rica on Thursday, August 10, brings a welcome solution to the risks faced by truckers on the road, as banditry targeting cargo-laden vehicles becomes a concern of the past. This new ferry connection not only offers various benefits to both nations but also mitigates the threat of thefts and assaults on truckers during their journeys on highways.
Truckers often embark on solitary long-haul journeys, making them potential targets for criminals along the way. The ferry operation not only reduces their time on the road but also significantly curbs the risks associated with road travel.
The route from San Salvador to La Unión covers around 200 kilometers, and from Santa Ana to La Unión, it’s approximately 300 kilometers. Additionally, there are about 100 kilometers from the Caldera port to the city of San José, the capital of Costa Rica.
The vessel named Blue Wave Harmony, capable of accommodating up to 100 cargo vehicles, will operate with two departures per week between the Caldera port in Costa Rica and La Unión port in El Salvador. Covering a distance of 691.2 kilometers across the Pacific, the estimated travel time is a mere 18 hours.
By implementing this ferry operation, numerous risks such as attacks by gangs specializing in cargo theft will be drastically reduced. The ferry option trims the five-day overland journey to Costa Rica down to a swift 18-hour maritime voyage.
As this marks the inaugural project of its kind in the region, it is likely to foster new alliances between nations and attract investments in commerce, tourism, and environmental sustainability.
El Salvador and Costa Rica have effectively demonstrated the potential of collaborative efforts among Central American nations when driven by a common goal focused on the welfare of their citizens, devoid of distractions arising from political considerations.
President Bukele, since his tenure began, prioritized the revitalization of this initiative. Consequently, a consortium of 14 institutions established the Technical Ferry Committee. This committee has worked diligently to reach a consensus with Costa Rica’s counterpart teams, culminating in the successful implementation of this crucial maritime link.
The commencement of ferry operations between El Salvador and Costa Rica heralds a new era in efficient transportation and enhanced security for truckers. This step serves as a testament to the power of regional cooperation and the dedication of leaders to elevate the quality of life for their people.