SAECS to replace Big White fleet
May 14, 2003
From January 2005 the members of the Southern Africa Europe Container Service (SAECS), consisting of Deutsche Afrika-Linien, Safmarine, Maersk-Sealand and P&O Nedlloyd will be replacing their seven core service vessels with six larger, faster vessels in a new agreement on their weekly named day schedule.
The new vessels will be all purpose built for the trade with 900 Integral reefer plugs, all capable of accepting 40' Integral reefer containers, replacing the blown air reefer system. This substantial increase in capacity underwrites the long-term growth of the trade.
SAECS has served the Southern Africa trade successfully since July 1977 and the continuation of the consortium and investment in new, larger vessels with greater reefer capacity, reflects the lines' confidence in the Europe/Southern Africa trade, said a spokesperson for the consortium.
The shipping lines intend to maintain the Intermediate service enabling it to flex capacity in line with specific overall prevailing market conditions.
The current SAECS core service runs southbound from Northern Europe to Southern Africa via Le Havre, Rotterdam, Tilbury, Bremerhaven, Tenerife, Las Palmas, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Cape Town and then northbound back to Northern Europe via Las Palmas.
The seven ships that will be replaced on this service are SA Sederberg, SA Winterberg, SA Helderberg (all Safmarine), Maersk Constantia Maersk-Sealand), DAL Kalahari (DAL), City of Cape Town and Heemskerck (both P&O Nedlloyd).
SAECS' intermediate weekly named day service, which will continue unchanged under the new agreement and runs southbound via Bristol, Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Lisbon, Algeciras, East London, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Algeciras, Lisbon and Bristol.