China Shipping retains South Africa call

Sep 25, 2003
Author: P&S

According to a spokesman for Seaclad Maritime, agents in SA for China Shipping Container Line (CSCL), the original WAX service (Far East - South Africa - West Africa Express) terminates with the last sailing due in Durban from the Far East on 10 October with the vessel m.v. Panama (see News report dated 15 September 2003).

He said a new WAX II service would then commence between CSCL and CMA-CGM using seven ships on a new port rotation and a ten-day sailing frequency.

“Contrary to reports there will still be a Westbound call at Durban although this will only be offered by the CSCL vessels. this shows clearly the China Shipping commitment to the South African trade,” he said adding that regular calls in both East & Westbound directions by all the vessels on the new WAX II service will be considered as soon as the service steps up to ten vessels or when the berthing delays at Durban Container Terminal have been reduced to a maximum of around 16 hrs on average over a reasonable period.

The new port rotation for WAX II will be Shanghai, Fuzhou, Chiwan, Port Kelang (with connections from the Middle East and South East Asia), Durban (for CSCL operated vessels only), Tema, Lagos, Cotonou, Lome, Abidjan, (Durban in the future), Colombo, and back to Port Kelang, & Shanghai, on a 70 day round voyage.

The first Durban caller will be the m.v. Paris, leaving China on 30 October for Port Kelang and arrives in Durban on 16 November.

Seaclad Maritime can be contacted at 27 31 332 5736.

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