The 80 seater boat was recently procured by Sea Coach Express to increase the fleet of boats travelling from Freetown to Lungi airport transporting mainly airline passengers to and from Freetown.
The boat is fitted with state of the art technologies with adequate sitting accommodation and life jackets strapped on each sit.
The sitting rows are decorated with quality fabrics an air conditioner hanging over each seat with broad view of Plasma Tv sets and windows view of the sea.
The commissioning of the boat attracted several guests amongst them bankers, airline industry players, government officials, diplomats and cross –section of Aberdeen Community residents.
The Minister of Transport and Aviation Leonard Balogun Koroma in his statement applauded the chief executive officer of sea coach for adding value to the sea transport sector in Sierra Leone.
He said the Aberdeen Ferry Terminal is among the busiest Terminals in Freetown offering reliable and effective sea taxi service for passengers visiting and going out of the country.
He encouraged sea coach express to also invest further into Town service sea taxi by operating boats from Wellington in the East to Government at wharf Central, Aberdeen to Goderich and as far as to the peninsular area within the Western Rural.
He said sea taxi services are essential towards the improvement of the transport sector especially in Freetown to reduce the constraints faced by travelers.
The Head of Strategic Policy Unit at State House Strasser King assured Sea Coach Express of Government’s commitment and determination to protect private investments into the country.
He expressed thanks and appreciation to Sea Coach Express for investing in the transport sector in Sierra Leone and encouraged other Sierra Leoneans to emulate the Nigerian who have successfully transformed sea transportation in Freetown.
The Chief Executive Officer of Sea Coach Express Olusegun Jaji while giving a brief background of his company said he started operating sea coach express in 2008 with only one boat and recalled travelling to Lungi seven to eight times a day sleeping roughly under the Aberdeen Bridge.
He said the beginning was not a smooth sail but was able to pull through and establish a well renowned and effective water taxi business in Sierra Leone.
He said currently the company has over twenty fleet of boats with different capacities and sizes but the company decided to procure two new eighty seater boats to address the growing demand for travelers adding that the other boat will soon arrive into the country.
He went further to explain that the boat is just from the factory and costs Millions of Leones he noted that the new boat has unique features including toilet facilities, air conditioners, and TV sets for a comfortable voyage.
The Chief Executive Officer of Sea Coach Express Olusegun Jaji also explained that the company provides a range of services which includes airport transfer of passengers on 24 hrs. basis, crew transfers, fishing and trips for an affordable fee.
A representative of the Nigerian High Commission Amin Babagenda commended the Nigerian businessman for his innovative investment in Sierra Leone and cautioned that he must respect the laws of Sierra Leone