MIAMI – The Bimini Superfast Ferry received its Initial Certificate of Compliance (ICOC) from the U.S. Coast Guard Monday and is now cleared to embark passengers in U.S. ports of call.
The ship offers customers an alternative to South Florida's gambling destinations. The Malaysian-based Genting Group, which owns Resorts World Bimini, bought the Miami Herald's bayfront property in downtown Miami two years ago, invested in it, and announced a futuristic mega-project while betting hundreds of millions that the state would approve it for a casino -- but lost that bet.
Resorts World agreed to pay Miami-Dade County $7 million a year for the next 10 years. Miami-Dade will fund $10 million to develop the terminal at the port, and about $700,000 for temporary facilities.
The Coast Guard requires foreign flag passenger ships arriving in the United States to participate in the ICOC examination process. Specifically, ships that embark passengers for the first time or make an initial U.S. port call while carrying U.S. citizens as passengers.