Funchal to have first turnaround up to 1,500 passengers

By TPN/Lusa, in World · 22-09-2019 12:00:00 · 0 Comments

The port of Funchal on Madeira, is to rent X-ray equipment to carry out the first turnaround of up to 1,500 passengers, the Madeira Ports Administration (APRAM) told Lusa.

"APRAM will rent X-ray equipment for the first turnaround (ships departing from and arriving in Funchal, and not just making stops), with average movements of 1,000 to 1,500 passengers, to take place on 4, 5 and 6 December, with the ship ‘Mein Schiff Herz’,” the president of the board of directors of APRAM, Lígia Correia, told Lusa.

This is the first rental experience, in a new service to be provided by the port of Funchal under the turnaround and obliges to change the programme contract with the regional government that defined the purchase of equipment, she said.

The turnaround operation, which involves working closely with the airport, is a new challenge for the port of Funchal, which until now had experience with movements of up to 500 passengers, in total or partial turnaround, she added.

For the operation, APRAM estimates that a total of 3,000 bags will be handled during boarding and disembarkation.

Such a large movement of luggage and passengers forced APRAM to launch a new procedure for the purchase of other equipment needed for the operation, she said.

APRAM said that it has already prepared a so-called time exchange that will allow it to hire people for on-call work on the days with the highest work peaks.

The ship will stay in Madeira for 48 hours, arriving on Wednesdays, at 2 p.m., and leaving on Fridays, at the same time, precisely on days when there are fewer other ships in the port of Funchal.

It will thus take direct flights from the German market on Thursdays, although there may be passengers who will arrive individually and will be able to stay in Madeira for a few days, before boarding or after disembarking, they said.

The route includes, in addition to Madeira, the Canary Islands and, alternately, the Azores and Cabo Verde.

Between November 2019 and April 2020, the ship "Mein Schiff Herz" will make 13 stopovers at the port of Funchal, six of them in turnaround which will take place every three weeks.


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