By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 14 August 2014:
Tunisia and Libya are looking at reopening a ferry service between Sfax and Tripoli.
Tunisian Ministers of Transport and Tourism . . .[restrict]Chiheb Ben Ahmed and Amel Karboul met on Monday in Tunis with Libyan Minister of Tourism Ikram Imam to discuss the idea. She was accompanied by a delegation from the Libyan Ministries of Tourism and Transport, as well as the president of the Libyan tourism company, the Winzrik Group.
The reopening of a sea crossing between the two cities was the main subject of the talks.
For his part, the Tunisian Transport Minister Ben Ahmed, who is from Sfax, insisted that while the project was very important, all details relating to its organisation and administration needed to be worked out before the route opened. Both vessels and port facilities had to conform to international norms, he insisted.
A ferry service would between the two cities would meet the needs of the many residents of the Libyan capital who want to go to Tunisia but face the daunting project of the land route via Ras Jedir. It is far from safe at present and the border crossing itself is subject to massive delays, not to mention irregular closures.