Ship sail

The Portimão cruise ship project is getting a little closer

“I declare that there is a favorable environmental impact statement, even if it is conditional”, said the president of the Committee for Coordination and Regional Development (CCDR) of the Algarve.

José Apolinário stressed, during a press conference, that the decision “allows us to move on to a new phase”: to articulate with the municipalities of Portimão and Lagoa and with the administration of Porto de Sines and Algarve “the procedure of financing” concerning the search for underwater archaeological sites indicated as a “prerequisite”.

Once implemented, the “deepening and widening of the Port of Portimão navigation channel” project will allow the reception of vessels up to 272 meters in length on the Arade River, where it can currently receive vessels of up to at 210 meters, thus doubling the capacity of passengers and tourists on cruise ships in the region.

Reference for tourism

“Environmental decisions and justification of the project are now created to make the Port of Portimão, on the Arade River, one of the reference ports for cruise tourism”, stressed José Apolinário, adding that it is “a good news for tourism, as well as for the sustainable use of the ocean and for the economy of the sea in the Algarve region”.

The president of the CCDR do Algarve has indicated that he now has “three tasks and ambitions”: to defend the allocation of the necessary funding which, by the second half of 2024, will allow the preliminary research work on the discoveries to be carried out underwater archeology; defend the financing of the decarbonisation of the Porto Urbano de Portimão, so that idled ships can use renewable energy sources (until the end of 2024); and to revitalize and strengthen maritime links for cruise ships and passengers between Portugal and Andalusia (Cádiz-Seville-Portimão-Lisbon links) and in the Mediterranean access basin.

Still no final decision

José Apolinário warned that there were still no definitive decisions and said that various estimates indicate that underwater archaeological research could cost around three million euros, decarbonization and environmental requalification 12 million and the works of dredging an additional 12 million.