KOTA ISKANDAR: Several companies have approached the Johor government to set up a ferry service across the Tebrau Straits, as it explores new ways to boost connectivity with Singapore. Johor's International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee chairman Jimmy Puah today said ferry service and water taxi are among the new modes of sea connectivity being planned. "We are exploring new ways as the Causeway and Second Link are already in their maximum capacity," he said at a press conference at the state's administrative centre here. "Any new facilities must be private initiatives as the government has its economic constraint. The government will play a facilitator role in bringing up these proposals from the private sector. "Pasir Gudang and Changi ferry jetty are the proposed locations of ferry service. We need study all the proposals before submitting them to the federal government." Puah will lead a trade mission to Singapore in July. "We need to enhance trade ties with Singapore because traditionally Singapore is our big trader and industry partner," he said. Apart from Singapore, the exco will visit India and European countries to attract more foreign investments with an emphasis on the digital and cloud industry. "We are also planning a Japan tour as Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is looking east," he added.