Regular shipping services between Bissau and Bolama in Guinea-Bissau, reinstated

9 March 2015

Regular shipping services between Bissau and the island of Bolama have been resumed after nearly two years of interruption, said Fernando Saldanha, the political leader of the archipelago of Bijagos.

Saldanha also told Portuguese news agency Lusa that the “Quarto Centenário,” boat sent for repair by the central government, has returned to crossing the Geba River in “two to three hours” separating the former capital (Bolama) from the current capital (Bissau).

“It is very important that this connection has been reinstated, because otherwise it was all very tiring, cumbersome and unsafe,” said Saldanha.

The alternatives to transport passengers and cargo have been motor canoes considered to have reduced safety or an overland journey that can take a whole day.

The government of Guinea-Bissau sent another boat to be repaired in recent months, the “Baria”, which links the island of Bubaque (capital of the Bijagós archipelago) and Bissau. (macauhub/GW)