SuperFast passes inspection, plans to launch service July 20

 
 
Resorts World Bimini has negotiated a deal to build a terminal for a high-speed ferry to take passengers to its Bimini casino. The ferry will run out of Port Miami.
Resorts World Bimini has negotiated a deal to build a terminal for a high-speed ferry to take passengers to its Bimini casino. The ferry will run out of Port Miami.
MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

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After a three-week delay, the casino ferry owned by gaming giant Genting will begin day trips to Bimini on July 20.

The 1,500-passenger Bimini SuperFast passed U.S. Coast Guard safety requirements Monday night and can start shuttling passengers to Resorts World Bimini from PortMiami, where it has been docked since its initial failure to meet safety requirements.

Issues related to fire safety systems and back-up power systems have been resolved, according to a release issued Tuesday by the U.S. Coast Guard.

“After buying this modern German built cruise ship for $70 million, we spend a further $30 million to bring her to the highest safety standards,” Dana Leibovitz, president of Resorts World Bimini, said in a statement. The ship was built in 2001.

The SuperFast will set sail at 9 a.m. Saturday and return to Miami around 7 p.m. Ticket prices start at $49 roundtrip on weekdays and $79 during weekends and holidays.The inaugural 10 p.m.-to-6 a.m. night cruise is slated for early August, according to the company.

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