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August 2013 – BlueWater Express recently announced the arrival of its latest boat, BlueWater Express V, running from Bali to the Gili Islands and Lombok. At over 16 meters in length, and powered by five 250hp outboards, the new vessel has a licensed capacity of 48 seated, making it the largest boat in the BlueWater fleet. Top speed is over 40 knots, cruising comfortably and efficiently at around 30 knots. The spacious design and additional power translate into increased safety, comfort and reliability for passengers.
The company now has three vessels available for the Bali to Gili route, although only runs two any time. This allows to always have a back up boat readily available if one of the others needs maintenance, explains Bapak Wayan Sudana, General Manager of BlueWater Express. In the past, we sometimes had to charter other boats, which proved unpopular with some of our guests, he explained.
The larger capacity BlueWater Express 5 has been launched just in time for the high season, when there is a surge in demand. The new vessel is a relatively lightweight construction, and despite having more power and significantly higher passenger capacity than the other BlueWater boats, is very fast and relatively fuel efficient. Considering the recent fuel price increases, this allows us to maintain competitive pricing throughout the high seasonâ€, explains Ibu Nina Putu, Director of Sales and Marketing. We are one of the few fastboat companies who are currently not increasing rates as a result of the fuel price increase.
BlueWater Express is the pioneer of the fastboat industry, having been in operation since 2006. They are also the only company to run daily services from both the main ports in Bali: Serangan Island in the South, and Padang Bai in the East.
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