More sea links needed between Portuguese-speaking countries, officials say

4 December 2009

Fortaleza, Brazil, 4 Dec – The chairman of the Portuguese Ports Association (APP) Thursday in Fortaleza, Brazil called for conditions to be created “to ensure more direct sea links between the Portuguese-speaking countries.”

“Global logistics make it possible nowadays for any cargo to be delivered to its destination in good condition, but there are still not many direct links,” said João Pedro Matos Fernandes, who is also Chairman of the Board of the Port of Leixões in northern Portugal.

According to Fernandes, the northern region of Portugal has a high level of exports, particularly to Africa, but he said, “direct links between Brazil and Portugal, in general, and with Leixões in particular, are still very tenuous.”

On the sidelines of the 22nd CPLP (Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries) Ports Meeting, which ended Thursday, the chairman of APP noted that in that process it was relevant to have a balance between the quantities exported from the various countries, as a shop that returns empty is bad business for the ship owner.

The chairman of APP noted that Leixões had made a large investment and “has conditions to be a global port in trade between the Iberian Peninsula, with its 50 million inhabitants, the Brazilian coast and the Atlantic coast of Africa.”

He also noted that for Leixões, the port of Pecém (in the Brazilian state of Ceará) “is of great relevance from the point of view of sea conditions and infrastructures.” (macauhub)