The Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy has announced on its official page that from Saturday 23 November citizens will be able to travel from Valona to Brindisi with the ferry called "Prince".
According to the release, the ferry - built in the 1974 - has a length of 152 meters and features 150 comfortable rooms, two restaurants, a piano bar, a coffee bar, areas for children, as well as an overall capacity of passengers 1000, 300 vehicles and 30 trucks.
The "Prince" ferry - which from Brindisi already operated towards Greece - will travel at 17 speed per hour (about 32 km / h) for a total journey time of 4 hours. Furthermore, as reported in the press release of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, it is expected that ticket prices for the new ferry will be around 30% cheaper than current market prices.
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Corfu Route - Brindisi, in summer a failure for the "new" Prince
The "Prince" ferry, last August 24, had a breakdown that kept it stuck in Igoumentisa all night and part of the morning, while in Corfu tens of families were waiting for the boat from the 23 for the initially planned departure to the 01: 00 and then sent back by 14 hours to the 15: 00.
More fortunate, on the other hand, are the around 100 tourists who had to embark from Brindisi, all sheltered on the edge of the "Grimaldi" ship. That of the 24 in August was the third episode of failure of the "Prince" ferry in the last 18 months, after that of the 12 August 2019 and the 15 July 2018.
Currently the maintenance operations that the company "European Seaways" carried out to solve the problems of last summer's failure are not known.
Port of Vlora: the rehabilitation project started
In addition to ferries, the port of Vlora in the future will host tourist ships thanks to a rehabilitation project which started in May.
“From today, the works that were carried out on the eastern quay will move to the western one following the 15 million euro agreement with the company 'Piacentini Costruzioni' for the rehabilitation of the port of Vlora.
The position of the latter near the pedestrian street of the city (the waterfront) makes it a tourist port. For this reason, once the work is completed, works on tourist ships will be carried out on the east quay.”- it was read in May in the communication of the port of Vlora.
The latter is the second in the country, behind only that of Durres in terms of size and capacity. It develops along two quays, appointed to work on ships.
The port is part of the 'pan-European corridor VIII': thanks to its geographical position - where strong currents or storm surges that can affect navigation are rare - access to the port is quite simple for all ships.