Cape Verde: Government to acquire ship for inter-island links

10 September 2008

Praia, Cape Verde, 10 Sept – The government of Cape Verde plans to buy a new ship to increase links between islands, as part of a funding agreement signed at the end of the first half of the year with Spain, according to newspaper A Semana.

The paper added that the minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Telecommunications said that his ministry was finalising the project and the respective tender document for selecting the shipyard that will build the future vessel.

“It will be a mixed ship for transporting cargo and around 250 passengers,” said Manuel Inocêncio Sousa.

The minister noted that the decision aimed to modernise and boost inter-island links, following the sinking of the Mosteru and Sotavento ships.

“The ship will be state property, but will be operated privately, under a concession contract,” the minister said.

Funding for building the new ship will be provided based on a 50 million-euro agreement signed at the end of the first half of this year, between the governments of Spain and Cape Verde.

This funding package also includes refurbishment of the Interbase refrigeration unit, the acquisition of a desalination plant for the city of Praia and radar system for sea surveillance of the Exclusive Economic area. (macauhub)