Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão and the Secretary of State for Transport, Carlos Roberto Osorio, attended the maiden voyage of the new ferryboat “Ilha Grande”, the third of the nine vessels acquired by the State Government of Rio de Janeiro to strengthen fleet of water transport. The maiden voyage of the ferryboat “Ilha Grande” is part of the celebrations of 180 years of ferry service in Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janerio.
“The greatest legacy of the Olympics undoubtedly will be urban mobility, “said Governor Pezão.

In addition to inaugurate the new boat, the governor attended the opening of “It shows 180 years of Ferryboats,” which tells the story of the crossings in Guanabara Bay and the evolution of the boats since the nineteenth century with historical pieces, period photographs, and models of vessels that operated in crossing the Guanabara Bay.
” Today is a day to recognize those who have made the history of the ferry system and look with motivation and hope into the future, working for this service increasingly, can better serve our population, “said the Secretary of State for Transport, Carlos Roberto Osorio.

The new vessel “Ilha Grande” can carry up to 500 people, and has air-conditioning system, full accessibility, padded armchairs, bicycle and comfort station. The unusual feature is the space for cargo transportation, a long-standing request of the residents of the island of Paqueta, who now may carry, for example, shopping, furniture and appliances.
“We are working hard to improve the quality of service: new boat, less travel time and more comfort to users. Our commitment to the resident of Paqueta Island and also the people who visit this island so nice of the city of Rio de Janeiro is to follow evaluating the quality of care and making adjustments whenever necessary, “Osorio said.
Paqueta resident for 40 years, Santos Durval Costa, celebrated the arrival of the new boat. “It’s very beautiful! Paqueta needed a boat like this.”
The “Ilha Grande” ferry is owned and operated by the state transport company : SETRANS
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