New ferries speed up inter-island travel in Cape Verde

2 July 2007

Praia, Cape Verde, 2 July – Two new catamaran ferries have come into service in Cape Verde to cut journey times in the archipelago and another three boats will be operational by the end of the year, company sources said.

The new high-speed ferries are operated by Moura Company and began with a service linking Praia, Maio, Boavista and Sal. The two ferries cost over US$ 15 million and will operate on inter-island routes from Sao Vicente to Santo Antao and Sao Nicolau, as well as from Praia (Santiago) to the islands of Fogo, Brava, Maio, Sal and Boa Vista.

The new boats will reduce the journey time from Sao Vicente to Sao Niclolau to two hours from the current five hours in normal ferries. Fogo to Brava will only take 35 minutes, Sao Vicente to Santo Antao will take 20 minutes and Praia to Sao Vicente will be reduced to around five hours from the present 20 hour journey time.

The first ferry, named “Auto Jet”, has a 222-seat capacity and will link Sao Vicente and Santo Antao two or three times daily. It will also link Sao Vicente and Sao Nicolau twice a week.

The other boat, “Jet Caribe”, carries 313 passengers and links Praia to Maio, Boavista and Sal on Sundays and Praia to Fogo and Brava on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. (macauhub)