About us

Navex was founded and started off its activity as a Shipping Agent in the port of Lisbon on October 9th, 1967. Navex initially developed at a fast pace leading the Directors to decide on opening a new office at the main Northern-Portuguese port of Oporto, followed by the southern-port and one of the fastest-developing hubs of Sines. Later on Navex opened further offices presently including branches in the ports of Setúbal, Aveiro, Faro, Figueira da Foz, Viana do Castelo and the Islands of Madeira and the Azores.

Our Company initiated its activity by representing and attending at Lisbon the regular line services of the German shipowner O.P.D.R. - Oldenburg Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei and later also the shipowners P.O.L., M.A.C.S. - Maritime Carrier Shipping, Laser Lines, Transroll, Hamburg Sued, Mutualista Açoreana, Vieira & Silveira, Transinsular and Boluda, covering all merchant areas of Northern Europe, Western and South African Coast, American Continent and the Portuguese Islands of Madeira and the Azores.

Navex soon decided to keep a policy of intensive investments on Information Technology connecting its different offices to shipowners and later on to the competent maritime entities and authorities, avoiding the then traditional use of paper-proof and substantially increasing efficiency and productivity.

The lasting confidence and trust from our shipowners’ network as well as our clients has maintained and supported our activity throughout the years. Together with our innovative profile and constant actualization spirit we have entailed a readiness to overcome all types of challenges and add significant value to our technical solutions. This capacity was later reinforced by the Quality Certification that leaded the company throughout a deeply intensive restructuring and reorganizational work with a strong impact on the satisfaction of clients and partners. Our efforts have therefore contributed to the development of maritime transportation in Portugal and the responsive increase of our country exports.

Navex is part of one of the main maritime Groups in Portugal, Group ETE, which initiated in 1936 based on stevedoring and specialized load and discharging port services, both on-peer but also with a then innovative middle-river cross-docking solution. Group ETE is today intensively present in all maritime activities in Portugal covering different areas of this attractive sector.

Based on our history and experience, today Navex therefore presents a number of strongholds and competitive advantages, namely:

  • Largest Shipping Agent in Portugal in number of vessel assistances.
  • Offers a prompt customer service through a highly motivated and experienced team.
  • Has got a countrywide presence covering all major ports and business areas from Lisbon to Oporto, Sines, Setúbal, Aveiro to the islands of Madeira and the Azores.
  • Invested in a number of software and technological tools and equipments that lead Navex to the forefront of connectivity with shipowners and competent authorities and signicantly ahead of remaining competition.
  • Offers a one stop door-to-door container transport service.
  • Possesses a network of preferred correspondent Shipping Agents on identified destinations and cargo origins.
  • Possesses a significant Project Cargo experience.
  • Part of Group ETE, the leading maritime group in Portugal covering all major shipping activities from Maritime Transport, Shipping Agency, Port Operations, Forwarding, Fleet and Crew Management to Ship-Building and Ship-Repair.
  • ISO 9001:2008 certified.