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New Grímsey Island Ferry on a Test Cruise

The new ferry for Grímsey island, off Iceland’s northern coast, was taken for a test cruise yesterday. The new ferry is called Saefari like the old one and will begin operation early next year.

Jón B. Björgvinsson, captain and guard at Hafnarfjördur harbor where the ferry has been docked, steered Saefari during yesterday’s test cruise and said the ferry had been easy to steer and that nothing unexpected had occurred, Morgunbladid reports.

Reconstruction of the ferry is about to finish. It still requires an emergency exit, equipment to fasten containers and an entrance for wheelchairs.

The new Saefari will shorten the voyage between Grímsey island and the mainland by one hour, so it will take two and a half hours in total.

The purchase of the ferry caused considerable controversy as renovation and amendments to the vessel have taken much more time and cost more money than originally planned.

Click here to read about the debate on the new Grímsey island ferry.

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