Submarine visits Funchal
The Arpão submarine arrived in the port of Funchal yesterday and will stay until the 29th of the month, by coincidence marking the centenary of the attacks on Funchal by German submarines in 1916 and 1917 during the Great War. The Arpão, which translates as “Harpoon” , is a Trident Class submarine, has a normal crew of 44, with room for an additional 14 personnel – intended to accommodate special forces on special exercises. It performs protection for the national maritime area and takes part in international exercises.
The submarine will be open to the public today (Saturday) from 10.00am until noon, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tomorrow morning (28th), various regional dignitaries will be on board for a demonstration of the vessel’s capabilities. Visitors to the submarine will be organised in groups of twelve – children under twelve are not allowed and there is no disabled access
“Race for Water”
This was an earlier post but somehow never made it onto the blog! The first and only renewable energy catamaran, the “Race for Water” was in Madeira for four days earlier this month, before starting a five-year world expedition, where it will draw attention to eco-technology, the need to preserve the oceans and to combat the pollution of plastics in the seas. Up-close it is a very impressive sight. More details here.
More than 200,000 passengers in four months
Figures released show that between January and April of this year, the Ports of Madeira received a total of 200,904 passengers, in the 112 visits registered. The Port of Funchal received 111 stopovers, 200,479 passengers and 75,185 crew, whilst the Port of Porto Santo had just the one visiting cruise ship, with 425 passengers and 112 crew. April is the last strong month of the high season of cruises in the port of Funchal. May is the month of transition leading to the three months with the lowest inflow of ships: June, July and August. September marks the start of the new high season.
Earthquake off Ribeira Brava!
A small earthquake was recorded off Ribeira Brava yesterday according the Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA). Interesting to sea how much seismic activity there is”locally” on this map
As mentioned on a previous post you should be seeing a few classic cars around Funchal this weekend in the “Classic Car Revival”.
Can’t sign off without mentioning the awful events in Manchester earlier this week. As someone who lived and worked in the city for a few years after graduating, I share the same disbelief and disgust that someone can target young people in such a manner.