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Portimão to Madeira ferry service to resume

maderira4709The regional government in Madeira is issuing an international tender for a weekly ferry service between the island’s capital and Portimão.

Madeira is offering a €3 million a year safety blanket for the operating company which will have to provide a cargo and passenger service with a journey time of less than 24-hours.

The financing already has the green light from Brussels with the €2-3 million annual payment beinig set for three years.
 
The specifications for the service, which already have been released in the island’s local press, require the new operator to carry out at least one weekly sailing directly between Funchal and Portimão at, at least, 21 knots, (39 kmph) with a capacity of 300 passengers.
 
The specifications of the ferry also are described in detail, almost as if the Madeiran government has a ship in mind, to be maximum of 175 meters in length, with a draft not exceeding 6.5 metres do it can use the port of Funchal in safety.

The new service is to carry vehicles and cargo which will be the core business of the operation.

The idea is to shorten the delivery time of goods between Madeira and the mainland - currently around four days - and to reduce prices.

The last ferry service went: Funchal - Portimão - Las Palmas (Canary Islands), a round trip that made short visits to the island impossible unless returning by air.

The Volcan de Tijarafe ferry schedule was scrapped in January 2012 by the Spanish operating company, Naviera Armas, after three years service.

The reason for the decision, according to the operator, was an increase in landing charges levied by the port authorities in Funchal.

In its last year of service, the Portimão to Funchal route carried 22,000 passengers and 4,500 vehicles.

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+1 #7 Ed 2018-08-30 20:28
Quoting Shauna:
As this service is finishing in September, does anyone know if it will return in 2019 summer?

The massive subsidy was announced as "valid for six years" although the same document reveals that the €9 million will be distributed “between 2018 and 2021.”

A service for 2019 looks likely.
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0 #6 Shauna 2018-08-30 19:48
As this service is finishing in September, does anyone know if it will return in 2019 summer?
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0 #5 MDP 2018-07-10 21:35
yes there's a ferry already running between Portimao and Madeira.It started on the 2nd of July but only for 3months (summer time) last sailing to be on the 20th of September leaving Madeira if not mistaken.

You can make your bookings on here: www.madeira-ferry.pt
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0 #4 Ed 2018-06-01 08:48
Quoting Sal:
Is there any update on this yet? would really like to use this service as soon as it is up and running

See: https://www.algarvedailynews.com/news/14254-portimao-to-madeira-ferry-service-returns-in-july
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+1 #3 Sal 2018-06-01 08:41
Is there any update on this yet? would really like to use this service as soon as it is up and running
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+3 #2 Carl Hawker 2018-05-10 09:31
I do hope they start it up again . I much prefer going by ferry with the car.
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-5 #1 Charly 2017-07-31 22:22
A such this was another stupid Portugese decision, wasn't it ?
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