German ship visits Muara Port
German cruise ship the MS Hamburg yesterday became the seventh vessel to call at Muara Port this year, the Ports Department said in a press statement.
The vessel, which was carrying 308 passengers and 171 crew, brings the total number of passengers and crew visiting Muara Port to 9,262 and 4,255 respectively so far this year.
The highest numbers recorded in the last five years were in 2015, with 23,540 passengers and 11,524 crew, according to the statement.
With maritime safety and security aspects remaining the main priorities, the Ports Department said it will continue efforts in negotiating with cruise owners and shipping agents to attract more cruise vessels to make frequent calls at Muara Port.
With increasing numbers of vessels choosing Muara as one of their ports of call, the Ports Department is hopeful that this will also contribute to boosting tourism in the sultanate.
More cruise ships docking at Muara Port will result in a growing number of tourists in Brunei and provide opportunities for the local tourism industry to expand, said the statement.
The Ports Department also said it will continuously collaborate with the Brunei Tourism Board in promoting the country to attract more visitors from the region and around the world.
The 144.13m long vessel arrived at Muara Port at 9.00am yesterday from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia and stayed for 7.5 hours before departing for the Port of Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Welcoming the maiden voyage yesterday was Ports Department Officer Mohamad Razimi Hj Hamid who exchanged souvenirs with the Captain, Vorobyov Volodymyr.
The Brunei Times