Olhão already has a new marina after 8,5 million investment

There is “a waiting list of more than a thousand people who would like to transfer their vessels to the recreational port of Olhão”

The leisure port of Olhão was officially opened on Saturday, the 23rd, providing the western part of the city with 720 mooring places, as well as a commercial and recreational area of ​​2.550 square meters with a privileged view over the Ria Formosa.

The 35-year concession to the company Verbos do Cais, made in 2017 by Docapesca, represents, to date, an investment of 8,5 million euros in the riverfront of Olhão.

According to António Miguel Pina, mayor, with this new equipment, the riverside area of ​​Olhão “increases in quality and starts to rival any riverfront in the Algarve.

The requalification of that area included the total renovation of the pontoons, the construction of a fuel station for boats, a reception pier, changing rooms and other services for navigators.

A commercial building with 2.500 square meters was also built, overlooking the Ria Formosa, where restaurants, bars and other commercial establishments already operate.

According to the chairman of the Board of Directors of Verbos do Cais, the company expects the investment to reach 10 million euros, when the works of the future support shipyard and another 100 berths for vessels are finished.

This is because, revealed Ludwig Schlosser, “there is currently a waiting list of more than a thousand people who would like to transfer their boats to the recreational port of Olhão”.

The inauguration of the marina was attended by Teresa Coelho, Secretary of State for Fisheries, as well as former ministers Ana Paula Vitorino and Eduardo Cabrita. Ana Paula Vitorino, when she was responsible for the Ministry of the Sea, was the one who presided, in June 2017, to the signing of the concession contract.

Also present at the ceremony were João Fernandes, president of the Algarve Tourism Region, Vítor Neto, president of NERA, Sérgio Faias, chairman of the Board of Directors of Docapesca, Pedro Valadas Monteiro, regional director for Agriculture and Fisheries, and Castelão Rodrigues, regional director of ICNF, among other personalities and mayors.


Photos: City Council of Olhão