Minister of the Sea present in the reception ceremony for the Portimão-Funchal ferry

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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The Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, was at the Port of Portimão this Tuesday for the reception ceremony for the ferry "Volcan de Tijarafe", which recently started the weekly connections between Funchal in Madeira and Portimão in the Algarve.
 
In her speech, the Minister of the Sea emphasized that the new ferry connection between Madeira and the Mainland is the result of joint work between the Ministry of the Sea and the Regional Government of Madeira, also highlighting the role of APS – Ports of Sines and Algarve Authority, the Portimão City Council and the Sousa Group, which operates the vessel through ENM - Empresa de Navegação Madeirense.
 
The Minister of the Sea also highlighted that the new ferry connection ensures the "principle of territorial continuity" and was optimistic that in the future it could be "extended beyond the summer months" and possibly with " more than a weekly call. "
 
At the end of the ceremony, all the guests had the opportunity to see the interior of the "Tijarafe Volcano".
 
The vessel "Volcán de Tijarafe" transports passengers and vehicles (ro-pax) and will connect Portimão and Funchal for at least the next three years, with an annual minimum of 12 round trips being planned for the summer. The route between Funchal and Portimão lasts around 23 hours has been noticing an increase in demand - both passengers and vehicles - since the start of the service.