The fast ferry Maverick, which arrived in the U.S. on Janaury 1, began operating on February 8, 2013. Initially it will sail three days a week (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays), and more often in summer. It leaves PortMiami at 9 a.m. and returns 5 p.m.
Bahamas Express has launched the service with a special offer for to travel to Bimini at $49.50 per journey with the purchase of a return ticket.
Maverick can carry up to 357 passengers at a time, sailing at a speed of 30 knots. It is 39 meters long and has a beam of 9.5 meters.
This Bimini service began on the first anniversary of the Bahamas Express service between Fort Lauderdale and Grand Bahama Island, on which the fast ferry Pinar del Río operates. During its first year the company sailed between three and six times a week and carried over 80,000 passengers to The Bahamas.
Bahamas Express is primarily owned and operated by The Baleària Group, with a local partner, the Capo Group. Baleària is a Spanish shipping company that operates passenger and roll on/roll off cargo routes in the Spanish Mediterranean, with routes between mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands, and connections between the islands. It is also the second largest operator in terms of passenger numbers in the Strait of Gibraltar (the principal connecting point between Europe and Africa).
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