Ferry boats operated by Las Vegas Sands traveling between Hong Kong and Macau will now be limited to hourly crossings during the nighttime hours, because the Macau government cannot provide 24-hour immigration services at the city’s newest terminal. The ferries leave every 30 minutes during the day from a temporary ferry terminal at Pac On.
In August the 10 LV Sands ferries carried more than 500,000 passengers, with a capacity to carry 21,000 people a day. A Sands executive said the company would run ferries every 15 minutes if the government could efficiently staff the immigration centers.
A second company with permission to use the temporary terminal, Macau Dragon, is currently testing a huge boat, capable of carrying up to 1,200 passengers. Most other ferries can only carry approximately 400 people. A second boat will be added soon after the first begins operations.