A regular shipping line between Brazil and Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) is due to be launched in the first two weeks of December using the Agena ship owned by a Danish shipping company, Brazilian newspaper O Povo, from the state of Ceará, reported Tuesday.
The route will be operated by Companhia Docas do Ceará (CDC) and Ceará Trade Brasil, and will link the port of Mucuripe, in Fortaleza, the capital of Ceará state, to the Cape Verdean ports of Praia and Mindelo.
The current shipping route between Ceará and Cabo Verde links Fortaleza to the archipelago via the Brazilian port of Santos and the port of Lisbon in Portugal and takes 35 to 40 days to reach Cabo Verde.
Recently the chief executive of Ceará Trade Brasil, Roberto Marinho, sad that the ship that would run the route had capacity to carry up to 3,000 tons of goods and added that “around 20 companies from Ceará are involved in the project,” which will transport steel, ceramics, paint, cement, footwear, clothing, cosmetics, plastics, furniture, machinery and equipment, food and drink.
Negotiations for the project began in 2009, during a visit by a Ceará trade mission to Cabo Verde, and later a Cape Verdean mission also travelled to Ceará.
The Brazilian businessman said he believed that this new link between the two countries would turn the archipelago into a trade post for placing Brazilian products in the countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a market with over 200 million consumers, of which Cabo Verde is a part. (macauhub)