Sources close to the vessel’s administration claim that “operations have been suspended” not only because the captain left for Angola, but also because, after “investing millions of escudos, administrators have been combating archaic procedures that, in addition to being costly, hinder or even render unseless the company’s work,” said the source.
As such, the administration of Cape Verde Navalis is waiting for a reaction to a memorandum submitted some time ago aimed at doing away with “parasitical” costs and “archaic and anti-economic procedures.”
In addition to the lack of a captain, the company is hoping authorities will put an end to these “parasitical” costs that they claim make operations unreasonably expensive. Without mentioning to which authorities the memorandum was actually sent, A Semana Online’s source says that the ship will remain docked until these issues are resolved.
The hydrofoil Marine Princess, which had been plying the waters along the Praia-Fogo.Brava route three times a week, is currently sitting at Praia sea port. Connections to the other Leeward Islands were expected to resume during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday, but this will no longer happen.
The ships Praia d’Aguada, Sotavento and Sal Rei travel to the islands of Fogo and Brava twice a week, but even so are unable to meet the demand on the part of would-be travelers, who often take advantage of the holiday season to visit their native islands.