CMJ Rieff & Sons is a team of qualified shipping agents based in Ponta Delgada in the Azores, with a wider network of independent specialists and consultants throughout the islands. It provides a round-the-clock support service for cruise lines, shipping lines and others sailing in these waters, providing a full and quality service whenever it is needed. The company is regularly audited by the Multiport Ship Agency Network.

Shipping and port agency services

CMJ Rieff works to ensure that shipping lines operating in the Azores area have a partner they can trust. The company offers shipping and port agency services throughout the islands, but particularly in the ports of Horta, Praia da Vitória and Ponta Delgada.

The company sends frequent regular reports so that clients can make informed decisions from their own headquarters anywhere in the world.

Services provided by CMJ include:

CMJ Rieff gives essential advice to cruise lines operating in the Azores.
The consultancy's extensive knowledge of the Azores coastline is available around the clock.
CMJ Rieff's offices look over the port of Ponta Delgada.
  • Commercial cargo operations including bulk, tanker, container and project cargo
  • Repairs, delivery of spare parts and crew changes in the harbour and on the roads
  • Provision of bunkers
  • Supply of stores and provisions
  • Support to scientific and oil drilling vessels
  • Cruise vessel calls

The list of ships represented by our company include: bulk carriers, general cargo, tankers, LPGs, navy vessels, cruise ships, scientific vessels, tugs, fishing vessels and yachts.

Cruise agency support

CMJ Rieff provides a local point of contact for cruise vessels calling at the Azores, and companies operating in the area. As an experienced local provider, it is able to balance the needs of the line with the needs of the passengers and provide a reliable service.

The company can arrange:

  • Medical assistance
  • Transfers
  • Car rental
  • Hotel booking
  • Pharmacy appointments

Yacht agency

The Azores are a frequent calling point for sailors in the Atlantic, and CMJ Rieff caters to this market. With low costs, plenty of space, and mild weather, many yachts spend winter in the islands. The company knows how to look after seasonal visitors. Many boat owners even register their vessels in the area to take advantage of the low European Union VAT.

Services include:

  • Clearing of vessels with customs and immigration both inbound and outbound
  • Berth arrangements
  • Supply of provisions
  • Crew transfers
  • Immigrations and visa applications
  • Duty free bunkers
  • Supply of lubricating oil
  • Ship spares, sea and air freight arrangements inbound, as well as outbound
  • Repairs
  • Vessel registration and reduced EU VAT
  • Security services
  • Travel organisation
  • Entertainment and guided tours around the islands
  • Boat care and winterising

Ship chandler and supplier

As one of the main chandlers in the Azores, the company is committed to providing quality, fresh goods wherever its clients need them. Its long-term establishment in Ponta Delgada means that it has built strong relationships with all relevant suppliers in the region.

Its range of goods includes:

  • Provisions of fresh and frozen foods
  • Cabin stores
  • Deck stores
  • Engine stores

Forwarding agents and couriers

The company has an extensive knowledge of both the Azores and the shipping industry. It has also built up links with other forwarding agencies around the world. CMJ Rieff operates its own fleet of vehicles, and works as the local arm of TNT Worldwide.

Services it offers includes:

  • Courier services
  • Sea freight solutions (full containers and LCL cargo)
  • Air freight
  • Land transportation
  • Customs and documentation clearance
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Project cargo
  • Household moves
  • Packing
  • Load and unload of containers


CMJ Rieff & Sons, Ltd is an essential part of the maritime community in the Azores islands. The consultancy was instrumental in helping to establish the first cruise line from the north of Europe to the islands. Forty years later that line still runs, and has made a significant contribution to the economy of the islands.