Sousa Group clarifies position
The Diario carries a press release from ENM, part of the Sousa Group: “After two years of very large losses, ENM Ferries does not want to make the third year of contract as provided in the specifications”. This is one of the points of clarification that ENM issued yesterday, reacting to the recent news about the ferry connection between Madeira and Portimão.
The Sousa Group company begins by pointing out that the tender specifications provide for the maritime transport of passengers, vehicles and goods. Since the beginning of the operation, ENM has guaranteed the price list for passengers and cargo available at www.madeira-ferry.pt “We made a considerable commercial effort to try to be able to carry more cargo, and the vast majority of approaches were unsuccessful,” says the company.
The company also pointed out the price of sea freight in the container. From the mainland to Madeira, a 20-foot container costs €950 and a 40-foot container is priced at €1,550. From Madeira to the mainland, the 20ft container costs €394 and the 40ft container costs €600.
Regarding the subsidies for the transportation of cargo and passengers, the company reminds readers that “they cannot distort the market”. What is foreseen under the European Union are “passenger allowances and allowances for goods, regardless of the mode of transport. You cannot subsidize the transport of an orange just because it comes by ferry and not subsidize the orange that comes in a container ship. ”
“ENM and Grupo Sousa are prepared to respond to all market demands, whether by container ship, ferry or another mode of transport, as long as it is cost-effective and our customers and the market ask for solutions. Different shipping. We do not have ‘Soul States’ and we are prepared to respond to the challenges that the market poses, as we have always done” the statement concludes.