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The Sousa Group’s “Madeirense” Shipping Company (ENM) will “have the largest and most modern container ship owned by national ship-owners and will be operated in the maritime line between Portugal, Morocco, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau”

The Madeirense Shipping Company (ENM), of the Sousa Group, the oldest in Portugal, operating since 1907, today announced that it has acquired the largest container ship owned by national ship-owners.

In an information note released today, the group states that this ship, ‘Raquel S’ (formerly Windhoek) has been registered in the International Ship Registry of Madeira.

The vessel was built in Japan in 2009 and has the capacity to carry up to 1,577 20-foot containers.

In the same document, the group adds that the ship is 172 meters long, 27.6 meters wide, 17.280 tons gross tonnage and displaces 21,443 tons.

The ‘Raquel S’ has a crew composed of 20 elements and is expected to begin its first trip with Portuguese flag, towards Tanger (Morocco).

Grupo Sousa “will have the largest and most modern container ship owned by national ship-owners and will be operated by Grupo Sousa’s PCI – Portusline Containers International (PCI), in the maritime line between Portugal, Morocco, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde and Guinea- -Bissau “, can be read in the same information.

It also underlines that this new vessel will “reinforce the fleet of Grupo Sousa’s own ships”, which currently holds the “Laura S” and “Funchalense 5” container ships, as well as the “Lobo Marinho” ferry, the which ensures the maritime connection of passengers and cargo between the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo.

In addition to these four own vessels, Grupo Sousa also operates four other charters, under which it manages a total of eight vessels.
Grupo Sousa compra maior porta-contentores a operar em Portugal – Sociedade – RTP Madeira – RTP