Maersk Line shipping company begins container operation in Cape Verde

18 May 2006

Mindelo, Cape Verde, 18 May – Shipping company Maersk Line is to begin container operations at Porto Grande in the city of Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde, the archipelago’s port management company (Enapor) said.

In a statement issued in Mindelo, Enapor said that Maersk, one of the world’s largest shipping companies, will run three routes from Sao Vicente – Praia, Bissau and Dakar, in Senegal.

For Enapor, the beginning of operations will bring “significant traffic” of containers to Mindelo, moving ahead with the strategy of making Porto Grande a “benchmark port in the Mid Atlantic.”

In the first year of operations, it added, 72 Maersk ships are expected to moor, 48 in Mindelo and 12 at Praia, Cape Verde’s capital.

The route will be carried out by a ship with a capacity for 1,350 containers and another with a 511-container capacity.

In the same statement, Enapor said there had been interest shown by international operators for transporting grain and vehicles, as well as frozen fish and fish in brine, already carried out at Porto Grande. (macauhub)