The Regional Government Council of Madeira awarded the concession of public services for the transportation of passengers and vehicles by ferry between Madeira and the Portuguese mainland to the company Empresa de Navegação Madeirense. The concession is for three years and worth nine million euros.
This route was interrupted in January 2012, when Naviera Armas decided to pull the plug of this service. It is understood that Naviera Armas will operate the service on behalf of Empresa de Navegação Madeirense. The ferry is likely to be the Trasmediterranea VILLA DE TEROR, actually in the terminal phase of its construction.