New joint venture on West Africa service

Sep 15, 2003
Author: P&S

Hong Kong-based Gold Star Line (GSL), which was the major partner in a joint venture involving CMA-CGM and CSCL (China Shipping) on the West Africa Express Service known as WAX, is withdrawing at the end of September to link with the French operator Delmas and will operate a joint service between Asia and West Africa.

The agreement is an operational agreement and both carriers maintain separate sales and marketing.

The new service will start towards the end of September with seven 1,700-TEU ships initially, of which six will be provided and operated by GSL and one by Delmas. The initial schedule of a ship every nine days will be upgraded to a weekly service by the end of 2003 through the addition of an eighth vessel.

The service rotation is Singapore, Port Kelang, Colombo, La Reunion, Durban, Tema, Lagos (Tin Can), Cotonou, Lome, Abidjan, Colombo and Singapore.

This new venture confirms both carriers’ dedication to the African trade and their commitment to customers to permanently enhance services, said a spokesman for Polaris Shipping, who are the agents for GSL in South Africa.

Other services operated separately by GSL and Delmas remain unchanged.

Polaris Shipping can be contacted at 27 31 250 2222.

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