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New Ferry Service To Morocco On Horizon

Wednesday May 23, 2012

New Ferry Service To Morocco On Horizon

The ferry operator Fred Olsen has consolidated its maritime line connecting the islands of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria and is currently considering a new route between the Canarian archipelago and Morocco.

The route between the three eastern most islands has been operating on a trial basis for the last three months, providing an effective transport route for both passengers and inter-island trade between Arrecife, Puerto del Rosario and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Now the ferry company is contemplating the development of a line connecting the islands with Agadir, which would give much easier access to the Moroccan cities of Marrakesh, Casablanca and Rabat. Also under consideration is the route between Fuerteventura and Tarfaya or El Aaiún, although the much more southerly position of these coastal towns in Morocco may not be of such commercial or tourist interest.

On a separate note, the maritime line which had been operating between Lanzarote and the peninsular has been suspended, with the last sailing between Cadiz and Lanzarote by a Trans Mediterranea boat undertaken last week. The Independent Party of Lanzarote (PIL) has decried the situation which could significantly increase the import costs for goods and services to Lanzarote.

The spokesperson for the PIL, Ramón Bermúdez, pointed out the Royal Decree of 2007 has declared it in the public interest for there to be regular maritime lines between mainland Spain and its islands, with as great a need for a passenger service as for commercial routes to remain open. Trans Mediterranea has stated that the suspension of its services is a temporary action, taken whilst it is making improvements to its boats and adapting its operations in line with demand.


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