Portimao (Portugal) to receive larger cruise ships

   July 6, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

Port of Portimao (Portugal)'s cruise ship project moved one step closer.

The Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) gave a “favorable” opinion on the project to allow the Port to receive larger liners.

The president of the CCDR-Committee for Coordination and Regional Development of the Algarve said he declared that there was a declaration of favorable environmental impact, even if conditional.

Jose Apolinario added, at a press conference, that the decision allowed them to move forward to a new phase: to articulate with the municipalities of Portimao and Lagoa and with the Administration of the Porto de Sines and Algarve “the funding procedure” regarding research into underwater archaeological sites indicated as a “precondition”.

When implemented, the new dredging project for "deepening and widening the navigation channel of the Port of Portimao" will allow ships up to 272 m (892 ft) in length to be received on Arade River, where currently it can receive vessels up to 210 m (689 ft), allowing for the doubling of the passengers' capacity from cruise ships in the region.

The president of the CCDR indicated that he now had “three tasks and ambitions: to defend the allocation of the necessary funding that, by the second half of 2024, will allow carrying out the preliminary research work on underwater archaeological finds; defend the financing of the decarbonization of the Porto Urbano de Portimao, so that the vessels when stopped can use renewable energy sources (until the end of 2024); and to boost and strengthen maritime connections for cruise ships and passengers between Portugal and Andalusia (Cadiz-Seville-Portimao-Lisbon connections) and in the Mediterranean access basin."

Port of Portimao (Portugal)

Apolinario warned that there were still no final decisions and various estimates indicated that underwater archaeological research could cost ~EUR 3 million, decarbonization and environmental requalification ~EUR 12 million, and dredging work another ~EUR 12 million.