The Secretary of State for Mobility, Eduardo Pinheiro, told Jornal de Negócios that the tender was cancelled due to “lack of compliance with the technical capacity requirements. It is expected to launch a new tender in January, but now for the purchase of 100 percent electric boats”.
Speaking to Lusa news agency, Carlos Costa, of the Union of river and coastal transport said, “Because of the cancellation, at the level of public service there is, thus, a delay of at least 12 months.”
Carlos Costa hopes that the situation in river transport “does not worsen”, part of the fleet is already very old and is “clearly insufficient for the number of passengers”.
“It will take a long time. All architectural and physical construction takes time. A ship is a complicated and time-consuming thing to make”.
Eduardo Pinheiro told Negócios that the award is expected to take place at the beginning of the second half of 2020. The new boat tours, which are intended for the connections from Lisbon to Cacilhas, Seixal and Montijo, on the south bank of the Tagus, will only start to be delivered in 2022 (four), but the process “will be concluded by 2024, as was previously planned”.
The base value of the new tender will be equivalent to that launched in January of which €57 million are for ships and €33 million for maintenance over a period of five years.