Melilla, Spain (PortSEurope) September 11, 2017 – Deputy Minister of Tourism, Javier Mateo that said that Baleària Eurolínias Marítimas S.A. intends to continue using the port.
The mayor has been in talks with the ferry company to continue services from Melilla. He even indicated that the shipping company was planning to bring a larger and faster boat to operate in the next few months at the port, despite the fact that Marina Mercante has awarded the contract to the shipping company currently in charge of the service, Trasmediterránea.
It should be noted that the president of the shipping company, Adolfo Utor, acknowledged in the presentation of the company that his intention was to opt for the maritime contract that would link Melilla with Almeria and Malaga. The company presented an offer of €14 million. However, Trasmediterránea said that would be able to provide the service at no cost and was awarded the contract.
Trasmediterránea will be in charge of connecting Melilla with Malaga and Almería during the next two years, in addition to the possibility of an extension of six months. Although the offer has no charge, the shipping company will have to comply with what is required in the specifications, both in terms of quality of service and maximum rates.
The technical offer of Baleària was better valued than that of Trasmediterránea by Marina Mercante. In both the maximum tariffs and the age of the ships, Baleària had a higher score than the successful tenderer, although the opposite occurred with regard to the price of the contract and the improvement of the volume of seats.
Regarding the price, in all cases, except for the preferential seat (which is the same), Balearia’s maximum rates are cheaper than those of Trasmediterránea. For example, the quadruple cabin occupied by two costs €82 in the case of Trasmediterránea, while the Baleària price was €62.
Source: el Faro Melilla
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