There was slight cause for concern at the port this morning. It appears that the captain of the AIDAstella insisted that once the AIDAnova had left the port, that his ship had to be berthed at Pier 2 because of the unfavourable sea conditions at Pier 3.
Only yesterday, the captain of the AIDAnova delayed his arrival at Funchal port by fourteen hours to ensure that his ship was moored at Pier 2. This is due to the problems experienced when the ship docked previously at Pier 3.
In a statement the Portos da Madeira (APRAM) insisted this was just personal preference of the captain and that Pier 3 was fully operational.