The Netherlands finances cruise ship terminal in Cape Verde

2 July 2013

The Netherlands plans to provide 12 million euros to fund the economic feasibility study for the Sao Vicente Cruise Ship Terminal, a project that is expected to be operation in August 2015, under the terms of a protocol signed Monday in Praia.

Signed by Cape Verde’s Foreign Relations Minister, Jorge Borges, and by the Netherlands’ ambassador to the archipelago, Pieter Jan Zwaan, the protocol stipulates that the Netherlands’ contribution will be provided through the ORIO programme, which provides donations for development projects in selected countries.

The Sao Vicente Cruise Ship Terminal is expected to cost 35 million euros, according to Minister Jorge Borges. The project is considered important as current facilities are not adequate to receive cruise ships properly.

Cited by Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress, the
Chief Executive of port management company Empresa Nacional de Administração de Portos (Enapor), Adriano Soares, the Terminal will be built in the area where Interbase was previously located. It will have a 300 metre mooring quay, which is considered to be “enough” for cruise ships to moor in Cape Verde.

According to Soares this project is required because the number of cruise ships stopping off in Cape Verde is increasing. (macauhub)