Safmarine takes advantage of reinstated Belgian Ships Register

Nov 11, 2003
Author: P&S

Multi-trade ship owner and operator Safmarine Container Lines N.V. announced today that it will support the recently reinstated Belgian national ships register by transferring eight vessels under the Belgian flag.

Earlier this year Belgian authorities inspected - and accepted eight Safmarine-managed ships for possible transfer onto the new register. Safmarine will take advantage of the window period - between November 11 and December 6 this year - to transfer, without further inspections, the vessels to the Belgian flag. The first vessel planned for transfer will be the 1,800-teu Safmarine Concord, on 18th November, to be followed by the transfer of the 1,900-teu container ships Safmarine Asia and Safmarine Europe.

The other five ships transferred to the new Belgian flag are likely to be newbuilds - three 2,100-teu and two 4,500-teu vessels.

Speaking from the company's headquarters in Antwerp, CEO Howard Boyd said Safmarine fully supported the registering of vessels under the Belgian flag as it would also benefit Belgium's maritime industry as a whole.

"Safmarine has been part of the Belgian maritime industry since the strategic acquisition of the liner interests of CMB-T in 1991. The financial incentives aside, Safmarine sees enormous benefit in working with the Belgian Ship Owners' Association for the flagging process for our five new-builds planned for next year, ensuring that the highest standards of vessel operability and seaworthiness are adhered to."

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