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Spain's Balearia Gets US License to Run Cuba-Florida Ferry | July 17 2015

Posted by Manny Miami on 18th Jul 2015

MIAMI— July 17, 2015

A Spanish ferry company named Balearia  on confirmed Friday it has been granted U.S. licences to operate a passenger service between Cuba and the United States, pending final clearance from Cuban authorities.

"With the two [U.S.] licences, we are closer than ever to be able to be the first to join Cuba with the United States by sea," Balearia Chairman Adolfo Utor said in a statement. It has been a very long time since  such services have run. In fact, it has been since the United States imposed a trade embargo on Cuba in 1960.

Trips to Cuba from Spain by government officials and business leaders have escalated as Spain rushes to take advantage a more open economy on the Caribbean island.

Balearia has run a route from Florida's Fort Lauderdale and Freeport in the Bahamas since 2011 while in Spain it operates ferries to the Balearic Islands and in the Straits of Gibraltar.

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