Safmarine boosts South America – West Africa service

Mar 4, 2004
Author: P&S

A new fortnightly, dedicated and named day service between South America and West Africa is to be introduced by Safmarine from 17 March 2004. The new service will be known in Safmarine parlance as Safmarine WASADI (West Africa – South America Direct).

The service is in response to the growing trade between these two regions and is the first to offer direct calls to South Western Africa, says Jens T Norgaard, Safmarine’s regional executive for the Americas. He said Safmarine saw significant potential for growth between South America and West Africa, particularly with regard to reefer shipments.

Africa Region Executive Alan Jones said the service would provide more choice to multi-traders spearheading the oil industry boom in West Africa.

"Safmarine WASADI offers a faster, more direct and more reliable service than currently-available services."

Three 1,700 teu vessels will be deployed on the new service. Each of the three vessels will be fitted with over 200 reefer plugs to cater for the anticipated demand in reefer container shipments.

Safmarine WASADI port coverage is extensive, thanks to a combination of direct calls and transhipment options. Direct calls will be made as follows:

Itajai - Buenos Aires - Montevideo - Rio Grande - Walvis Bay - Lobito - Luanda - Pointe Noire - Libreville - Apapa - Abidjan.

The additional West African ports served via transhipment include: Tincan Island, Tema and Douala (via Abidjan); Cotonou and Lome (via Walvis Bay); and Matadi (via Pointe Noire).

Cargo for the South African ports of Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth will be transhipped in Walvis Bay.

Examples of transit times are as follows: Rio Grande - Walvis Bay = 10 days; Rio Grande - Luanda = 15 days; Rio Grande - Apapa = 22 days; Itajai - Apapa = 29 days; Itajai - Walvis Bay = 17 days

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