Spanish maritime transport company Balearia has requested a license to operate ferry service between the U.S. and Cuba. The shipping company is awaiting an official response from the U.S. and Cuba governments.

If the license is granted, the company would join four others that were granted approval from the U.S. last week to operate ferry services from Florida points to Cuba.

Balearia has operated in the Caribbean since late 2011 under the brand name Bahamas Express, connecting Fort Lauderdale with Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, with the Bahama Mama ferry. 

Balearia plans to operate two lines between Florida and Havana, one with a high-speed vessel from Key West and a second from Port Everglades. 

The shipping company transported more than 130,000 passengers between the U.S. and the Bahamas in 2014. 


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