PPC to issue lease to turn ferry into floating restaurant or museum

GEORGE TOWN (Jan 28): The Penang Port Commission (PPC) will be issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to lease the iconic Penang ferry as a floating museum or tourist restaurant for 10 years with the option to extend for another five years.

Its chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng said the offer was to carry out a decision of Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, who is aware of the cultural and heritage sentiments of Penang residents on the ferry as an iconic symbol to the State.

"The RFP advertisement will be displayed on the PPC website at as well as mainstream newspapers and PPC social media sites. The RFP documents would go on sale on Jan 29 and the closing date for companies interested in buying the documents is Feb 15,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He however said following the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO), the documents can only be obtained online and the closing date for companies to submit their proposals is March 19.

"Eligible companies and members of the public are invited to put up their proposals for the offer,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tan said PPC had held discussion with Penang Infrastructure and Transport Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari who represented the State Government on Jan 11 on the iconic ferry.

"In the discussion, I have requested the State Government to submit plans for the iconic ferry of Penang. On Jan 18, Zairil said that the State Government hoped one ferry would be handed over to the State Government.

“Taking into consideration the cordial relations and cooperation with the State Government and that both parties shared the same objective in the interest of Penang residents, PPC agrees to give away one ferry to the Penang State Government,” he said.      

From Jan 1, speedboats started operation to carry pedestrian passengers to replace the iconic ferry which was in operation for 126 years.

The existing ferries would only be used for cyclists and motorcyclists until July 2022 while the ferry service for cars was terminated on Jan 1.

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