Work to expand port of Sal-Rei in Cabo Verde due to finish by April, 2015

21 November 2013

Work to expand the port of Sal-Rei, on Boa Vista Island, in Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), is due for conclusion in April 2015, the country’s Minister for Infrastructure and the Marine Economy, Sara Lopes said recently.

The work, which began again in March after a year-long stoppage, includes a breakwater that has already been built to stop the sea from destroying the facility once again. In 2012, 50 metres of the structure built to protect the work site was destroyed.

According to Cape Verdean weekly newspaper A Semana, the minister also said that when the work is concluded there would be an additional 160 metres of dock, as well as the 80 metres currently available, and that the older section would be used by ships that travel between the archipelago’s islands and to install a roll on-roll off ramp.

Expansion of the port of Sal-Rei is one of the largest marine expansion projects in Cabo Verde and includes construction of two docks, a new embankment area covering around 2 hectares for containers, a goods warehouse, a maintenance and repair workshop, car parks and improved access roads.

The expansion was designed with a view to the port receiving ships of up to 200 metres in length and capacity for 600 to 800 containers.

When it is finished this project is expected to cost the equivalent of US$54.4 million after several changes were introduced that increased investment from an initial estimate of US$31.7 million. (macauhub)