The start of operations of the new shipping route between the port of Mucuripe, in Fortaleza, and Cape Verde has been postponed until 2013, Brazilian newspaper Diário do Nordeste reported Saturday, in Fortaleza, the capital of the state of Ceará.
Paulo André Holanda, the chairman of Companhia Docas do Ceará (Ceará Docks Company), told the newspaper that making the return leg of the shipping line economically viable was the part of the operation that had yet to be sorted out.
“Shipping is paid for on the way out and back and 23 local businesspeople have established businesses in Cape Verde to export their products, and that number may increase,” noted Holanda, adding that the ship could not return without cargo, and that this was the issue that needed to be resolved.
Companhia Docas do Ceará signed a cooperation contract this year with Cape Verdean port company Portos de Cabo Verde (Enapor) and announced that it had set up the facilities needed for the new shipping route, specifically the route’s operator and the company responsible for loading and unloading goods.
The ship owner, however, has yet to be chosen and there are three companies interested in the route, said Holanda. (macauhub)