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Sousa Group Buys New Container Ship

The Sousa Group recently acquired a new container ship, strengthening its presence in the global market. The new ship is “129.6 meters long by 20.8 meters wide and has a draft of around 7.4 meters, with a capacity of 698 TEU,” states an entry on the Ship Enthusiasts Club page.

According to the same publication, this reinforcement of the Madeiran group has already been renamed Jaime S, and is intended to be a “tribute to the father of Luís Miguel de Sousa,” one of the founders of the Madeiran Navigation Company.

The ship came from Gibraltar to Lisbon on the 14th of June, five days before it the company hoisted the Portuguese flag. The available information does not mention the value of the acquisition.

The Ship Enthusiasts Club points out that the features of the new container ship are “similar” to those of the Rebecca S ship, including the “overall design.”

The construction of this vessel dates back to April 2007 and took place at the Sainty Yangzhou Shipbuilding Shipyards – Yangzhou, China.

The ship entered service in July 2009 under the name Ice Moon and sailed under the Greenland flag. “However, it has passed through some foreign operators, with the most recent name Orion, whose designation it operated between 2020 and 2024,” the portal explains.

Now, Jaime S belongs to the Conventional Registry Portuguese.

It should also be noted that after passing through Lisbon, the container ship left harbour on the 23rd of June, sailing for San Fernando, at the La Carraca Arsenal, in Cadiz, southern Spain, where it is undergoing maintenance and painting work.

For the moment it is unclear as to which route this new ship will be used for.

Samantha Gannon

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