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ETE Group

The ETE Group, is a reference in the sea Economics in Portugal , integrated main activity areas to maritime and port

ETE Group

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.

Message from the Board

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”.

Culture

Learn the basic principles by which we guide

Mission

Deliver quality logistics integrated services, assuring an efficient management and the Group’s profitability.

Vision

To lead the market of Port Operations, Shipping and Inland Water Transportation services in Portugal. Geographic diversification of activities.

Values

Leadership and innovation. To Empower the History of the Group.

Core Competences

Innovative and competitive solutions adjusted to each client and market

Innovation and Anticipation
Human Resources Quality and Specialization
Technical Resources
Understanding the Client’s Needs

History

Founded in 1936, ETE Group has a history of innovation, growth and success

  • 1936
  • 1950
  • 1968
  • 1982
  • 1992
  • 1993
  • 1994
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2008
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2015
  • 1936

    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.

  • 1950

    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.

  • 1968

    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.

  • 1982

    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”.

  • 1992

    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.

  • 1993

    Acquisition of Socarmar.

  • 1994

    Restoring the regular liner service to Madeira and Azores with Vieira & Silveira.

  • 1999

    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.

  • 2000

    New port concessions in Portugal.

  • 2001

    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.

  • 2002

    ETE Group reinforces its short sea shipping fleet in Mozambique.

  • 2008

    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.

  • 2011

    Beginning of operations in Uruguay.

  • 2012

    Beginning of operations in Colombia.

  • 2015

    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.