The award of the contract for the construction of the cruise terminal of Mindelo is scheduled for the end of July 2020, according to the two-stage international public tender launched by the National Port Administration (Enapor) of Cabo Verde, the Cape Verdean press reported.
A source from the board of the company told the Inforpress news agency that the first phase of the tender covers the submission of technical proposals and that a maximum of eight candidates will be selected by the time it ends on 11 March 2020.
The second phase starts on 28 March with the delivery of the final proposals by technically and financially qualified companies, after which the contractor will be selected, and the tender will be awarded on that date.
Enapor said that the Mindelo Cruise Terminal, “will have a huge impact on the economy of [the islands of] São Vicente and Santo Antão, as well as an inducer effect on the economy of Cabo Verde.”
The specifications of the international public tender include the construction of two berths for mooring ships, one of which will be 400 metres long and 11 metres deep and another that will be 450 metres long and 9.5 metres deep, a 12-metre quay, a tourist village, a passenger terminal, an area real estate and a car park.
The cruise terminal is co-financed with over 2.9 billion escudos (US$29 million), by the ORIO fund of the Netherlands and the Fund of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries for International Development.
For this year, the project has a budget appropriation for the beginning of the works of about 972 million escudos, within the 2020 State Budget. For 2021 the government plans to allocate more 1.152 billion escudos for the work on the facility and, in 2222, over 779 million escudos for completion of the works.