Since 1936, ETE Group has evolved into a universe of interconnected and complementary companies providing a set of added-value services to its clients. ETE Group offers a differentiated and competitive service as a result of its extensive experience in the port, maritime and inland water transportation sectors. Our company is a national reference in the economy of the sea.
At ETE Group, we have defined ourselves, since we were founded in 1936, as a partner who produces economic and social value to the communities we serve.
Supported by Portuguese capital, we have diversified, internationalized and strengthened our operation. We invest in anticipating change, innovation, eco-sustainability and quality in order to deliver the best outcome to our clients. As a result of our people’s efforts, we surpass our own limits on a daily basis. “By the power of the sea, today we are synonymous in Portugal of knowing how to do and a reference in the economy of the seas”.
Deliver quality logistics integrated services, assuring an efficient management and the Group’s profitability.
To lead the market of Port Operations, Shipping and Inland Water Transportation services in Portugal. Geographic diversification of activities.
Leadership and innovation. To Empower the History of the Group.
ETE Group began in 1936 with its first company “Empresa de Tráfego e Estiva, S.A.”, founded by Captain Luiz de Figueiredo, grandfather of the current shareholders, specializing as a port operator in the midstream loading and unloading of solid bulk cargos. At the time it was considered to be an innovative, efficient and revolutionary technique, reducing the permanent clogging of ships at Portuguese ports and high port costs and charges.
Start of loading and unloading midstream operations of solid bulk. Being a pioneer in this type of operations, ETE Group has brought innovative solution and countless advantages for the business and its clients, resulting in lower costs and waiting periods for the ships.
Start of operations with floating cranes. ETE Group becomes a pioneer in operations with floating cranes in Portugal, having acquired its first ones in Germany.
Introduction of the pusher + barge system. ETE Goup has introduced the first standard barges and implemented pushers to replace the traditional tugboats. In the same year, it acquired the floating crane “Mestre Janota”.
Concession by Portsines of TMS - Sines Multipurpose Terminal, operating mainly on unloading and dispatching of coal to EDP thermal power plants in Sines and Tejo Energia in Pego. Other types of general cargo can also be accommodated.
Acquisition of Socarmar.
Restoring the regular liner service to Madeira and Azores with Vieira & Silveira.
Acquisition of Transinsular, Transportes Marítimos Insulares, SA a shipping line. Afterwards the Group became the largest national ship-owner, which opened new possibilities in terms of operations and business. As a part of ETE Group, Transinsular became capable of providing transportation solutions with integrated intermodal services.
New port concessions in Portugal.
Creation of shared services. ETE Group takes an important step forward in what concerns company efficiency by creating a company of shared services, common to all of its companies including law, IT services, accounting and human resources management.
ETE Group reinforces its short sea shipping fleet in Mozambique.
Creation of ETE Logistics, as a result of the reorganization and reorganization of different forwarding companies. This has allowed the Group to secure a larger market share in container handling and to reinforce its presence in the entire logistics chain – from the transportation of goods by air, sea and land to warehouse management.
Beginning of operations in Uruguay.
Beginning of operations in Colombia.
Building of the first tugboat. One of the Group companies, Navaltagus a shipyard, has started a Portuguese matured and innovative project by building a pusher-tug boat for ETE fleet. The vessel has a small draft, it is short in length and it has a high power - features that are ideal to its operations in river areas of small drafts.