Thanks to the subsidy the French company, Brittany Ferries, can supply a three times a week service from Santander and Bilbao to the British port of Portsmouth.

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5.6 million € grant has been awarded by the European Commission
The European Commission has granted a larger subsidy in the Marco Polo II program to the so-called Sea Motorway between Santander and the British port of Portsmouth, with a total of 5.6 million €.

The rival route between Vigo and the French port of Nantes-Saint Nazaire, receives the smaller amount of 1.2 million €.

Of the 101 projects presented for funding to the EU Marco Polo II program, finally 32 have obtained funding for a total 56.98 million €.