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was published on January 4 in Diário da República and yesterday in JORAM the announcement of the “international public tender for the concession of public services of maritime transport of passengers and vehicles by ferry ship between Madeira and the Portuguese mainland.”

Shipowners have until 15 February to submit tenders.

The contracting authority is the Vice-Presidency of the Regional Government of the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

It is a Public Services Concession Contract that is launched at the base price of 9 million euros for a term of execution of 36 months (three years). That is, 3 million a year.

The award criterion is “Best value for money” and the Quality Criterion will be weighted at 40% and the Cost / Price Criteria will be weighted at 60%.

Competitors are obliged to keep their bid within 120 days (4 months) after February 15 and the bond is set at 2%.

The tender notice does not refer to cargo (neither container nor round), although such reference may be in the contract documents.

It should be noted that this is the third attempt to reinstate the ferry fin which has already been operated by the Spanish shipowner Armas.

The first attempt was made by Eduardo Jesus and the second by Pedro Calado. Both were left deserted – although 13 shipowners have raised the tender documents – since the 3 million would be to operate in the 12 months of the year and now it is limited to the summer period.

Translation from FN.