Safmarine re-enters West African timber trade

Apr 26, 2003
Author: P&S

Safmarine has re-entered the conventional timber market between West Africa and the North-West Continent with plans to operate one northbound sailing a month between West Africa and Europe.

In announcing this earlier this week, Peter Albeck, Safmarine’s MPV development manager said Safmarine was acknowledging the growth of the timber market and the need for a personalised solution between West Africa and Europe

The first sailing will take place at the end of April with the motor vessel Pritzwalk (12,685DWT) loading cargo at Matadi and Boma. This vessel is scheduled to discharge at Leixoes and Antwerp, but Nordenham and other destinations are available subject to inducement, said Albeck.

The newly introduced conventional service will complement Safmarine's existing network of container shipping services to the North-West Continent. Safmarine will also offer an alternate weekly container service from Matadi via Abidjan.

"This service will connect customers from this region with the North-West Continent, the United Kingdom, the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Middle East and the United States of America," he said.

An alternate monthly service to the Middle and Far East will also operate from Matadi, Douala, Libreville and Pointe Noire. This service is aimed at shippers of both conventional and containerised cargo.

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