Cape Verde: Archipelago receives fast ferry to link islands in 2009

27 June 2008

Praia, Cape Verde, 27 June – The first of three ferries ordered by Cape Verdeans resident in the United States to provide sea links between Cape Verde’s islands is due to be delivered at the end of 2009, according to Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress.

The agency added that the announcement was made this week by the promoters of the initiative after signing a protocol with the government authorising the investors to test the ferry for safety in Cape Verde’s waters.

If the test is satisfactory, construction of the first vessel will begin and be concluded within 12 months for an experimental operation in the south of the country, between the islands of Brava, Fogo, Santiago and Maio.

The project, worth an estimated 20 million euros, includes three ferries. One of the vessels will stay on Brava island, another on S. Vicente linking the windward islands and the third will remain in the city of Praia to link Sal with S. Nicolau.

The first ferry will have the capacity to carry 102 passengers, 16 small and 2 large trucks, with containers of 20 feet in length and is expected to travel between Brava and Fogo in 20 minutes and Brava to Praia in three hours. (macauhub)