Cabo Verde government orders ferry from Spain

29 April 2015

The government of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) will purchase, directly or in partnership with a private entity, another ferry in Spain, which will be used for regular service between the islands of the archipelago, Minister Sara Lopes said.

The Minister for Infrastructure and the Maritime Economy, speaking to Cape Verde Radio, gave assurances that operation of the vessel, which will join another two, – the Kriola and the Liberdadi – was already guaranteed.

“We will perhaps launch a public tender for private companies also to bring ships to operate maritime routes, according to the routes that will be concessioned,” she said, acknowledging that since 2008 the deficit in terms of maritime connections was increasing and whilst no definitive solution was found the government would continue to look for solutions for the sector.

Sara Lopes also said that the maritime transport situation between islands is complex, cannot be resolved in the short or medium term and a solution is only likely when the government has the resources needed to implement the reforms it has already drawn up.

“The legislation for concessions is ready and, over time, we will restructure the Fund for Development of Inter-Island Transport,” added the Minister of Infrastructure and the Maritime Economy. (macauhub/CV)