The boats going to the island of St Martin

During the tourist season, several passenger ships take visitors from Teknaf to the island of St Martin. Recently, two ships from Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar also operate on this route. At least nine ships visit the island each day. As the number of tourists increases, so does the number of ships. However, there are complaints about the quality of service offered by these vessels.

  • KEARI Sindbad: KEARI Sindbad is the first private company to transport tourists to the island of St Martin. The ship has been in service since 2004. Between March and November each year, the 346-seater vessel transports tourists between Teknaf’s Domdomia Ghat and Probal Deep on the island of St Martin. However, there are allegations that the ship sometimes exceeds its passenger limit.

  • KEARI Cruise & Dine: KEARI Cruise & Dine is also a private cruise ship. The 310-seat vessel has been making round trips between Teknaf and the island of St Martin since 2008. There are also allegations that this vessel, more luxurious than the KEARI Sindbad, exceeds its passenger limit when there is too many tourists.

  • Bay Cruiser-1: The 250-seat Bay Cruiser-1 sails from Domdomia Ghat in Teknaf to the island of St Martin. The catamaran-type express ship is over 26 years old. The ship has been emitting deadly black smoke for several years.

  • MV Greenline 1: The MV Greenline is a small catamaran that sails between Teknaf and the island of St Martin. The 120-seat liner is the fastest ship on the route to the island of Saint-Martin.

  • ST Shaheed Sukanta Babu: ST Shaheed Sukanta Babu is a sea truck traveling from Teknaf to the island of St Martin. It is owned by the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation. The ship usually operates on the Bhola-Lakshmipur route. It carries passengers from Teknaf to the island of St Martin during the tourist season. The 201-seat sea truck is also quite old.

  • MV Farhan 2: Although not an ocean liner, the MV Farhan 2 travels to the island of St Martin during the tourist season. The old ship, which operated on the Dhaka-Betua route, poses some risk to passengers.

  • MV Parijat: MV Parijat is a coastal star. The ship, which normally operates on the Barishal-Patarhat-Ilisha-Maju Chowdhury Haat route, has started sailing the Teknaf-Island of St. Martin route during the tourist season in hopes of making more profit. As this is not an ocean liner, the ship can be somewhat risky.

  • MV Karnafuly Express: The MV Karnafuly Express departs daily from Nunia Chora BIWTA Ghat to Cox’s Bazar for the island of St Martin. Although it is an ocean liner, there are complaints about the quality of its service to passengers. On December 29, the ship, carrying more than 400 passengers, broke down on the way back to Cox’s Bazar from Île Saint-Martin. Although it was supposed to reach Cox’s Bazar between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., it eventually reached Cox’s Bazar around 4:30 a.m.

  • MV Bay One: The luxury liner MV Bay One sails from Chattogram’s Patenga. The cruise ship, which is over 30 years old, recently carried tourists to the island of Saint-Martin.








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