Cabo Verde begins construction of Mindelo Cruise Terminal in São Vicente

 

Cabo Verde is beggining the construction of Mindelo Cruise Terminal in São Vicente, in charge of Mota-Engil, co-owned by China´s CCCC.

The Prime Minister, Ulisses Correia e Silva, presided last week over the official launch of the construction work of the Mindelo Cruise Terminal, a project budgeted at around 27 million euros. A ZEEMSV Strategic Council meeting was also held, chaired by the Government chief.

The project also the neighboring islands of São Vicente. The strategic planning and concept of ZEEMSV were developed by an ‘ad hoc’ commission, which was in charge of the project, until the end of last year, whose current board of directors will be responsible for developing.

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The work, which is co-financed by the Orio Fund, from the Netherlands, and OPEC´s (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) Fund for International Development, includes the construction of a 400-meter long mooring pier with a depth 11 meters to the north and nine meters to the south, and a passenger station with an area of ​​900 square meters and its exterior layout, including a car park.

The works will involve the conquest of an embankment, called “Ponte Terrestre”, with 2,700 square meters, the dredging of approximately 124 thousand cubic meters in the port basin and in the access channel, and the rehabilitation of pier number 9, which will serve small pleasure boats.

This is one of the largest public investments in the country whose construction period is estimated at 22 months, under the responsibility of the companies Mota-Engil – Engenharia e Construção, SA (Portugal) and Empreitel Figueiredo, SA (Cape Verde), consortium contest winner.

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Recently, the chairman of the board of directors of Enapor – Portos de Cabo Verde, Alcídio Lopes, envisaged that, with this project, São Vicente will have an “innovative, modern” Cruise Terminal and “with very advanced technical characteristics”.

Lopes recalled that in the period before the pandemic, 48,500 tourists on cruise trips visited Cabo Verde, in 2019, an increase of 3 percent (%) compared to 2018, but that, due to the covid-19 pandemic, the cruise tourism came to a standstill.

 

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