Safmarine markets a new Indian Ocean service

Jun 25, 2004
Author: P&S

Safmarine has begun marketing a new, weekly, named-day shipping service between the Middle East, the Indian Ocean Islands and South Africa, utilising four vessels of average 620 TEU capacity on an AP Moller-Maersk operated service.

The new service - which will be known as the Indian Ocean Service (IOS) - also offers Safmarine customers alternative options to the East Mediterranean and North African markets, with transshipment of cargo via the hub of Salalah.

According to Safmarine's Liner Director and CEO-designate, Ivan Heesom-Green the increase in reefer capacity will be of benefit to South African fruit exporters - particularly small volume shippers - with an eye on expanding their foothold in the Middle East market. The service's favourable transit times will dramatically shorten the time from tree to the point of discharge.

The port rotation on the IOS is Salalah-Port Reunion-Port Louis-Taomasina-Durban-Salalah. Examples of IOS transit times are as follows: Jawaharlal Nehru to Port Reunion = 10 days, Jebel Ali to Port Louis = 14 days; and Durban to Port Oasim = 12 days.

According to Heesom-Green, the IOS complements Safmarine's SAMBA service between South America, South Africa and the Middle East, which offers the
following port rotation: Salalah-Durban-Cape Town-Rio Grande-Itajai-Paranagua-Santos-Cape Town-Port Elizabeth and Salalah.

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