Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Safmarine New Shipping Service Links India with Middle East and South America

Move to Exploit Emerging Markets
Shipping News Feature

INDIA / MIDDLE EAST / SOUTH AMERICA - Safmarine Container Lines will be introducing a direct, weekly service between the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and the East Coast of South America. The new ‘Rumba/Prime 4’ service is the combination of a new Prime string with their existing L Class service which runs from East Coast South America to the West Mediterranean and will complement their existing Prime and Latin American services. The service is to be operated together with Maersk Line.

Jan Scheck, Safmarine’s Chief Operating Officer explained that:

“The Rumba/Prime 4, a direct, weekly service in the market, will ensure smooth sailing all the way from Latin America to the Middle East/Indian Subcontinent. This service will be of great benefit to our Middle East and Latin America customers, especially those shipping refrigerated commodities, as it offers one of the fastest transit times in the market."

He added: “Our transit time from Santos to Jeddah is now 18 days and from Santos to Jebel Ali in 24 days. This service will also provide our European customers with additional service opportunities between Europe, Middle East/Indian Subcontinent, for example, direct port coverage is offered via the port of Genoa (Italy) and Barcelona (Spain) out of the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East. Our Spanish customers of refrigerated cargo (e.g. citrus and stone fruit) will also benefit from the short transit time from Spain to the Middle East with the direct call in Valencia”.

In a statement Safmarine said that the new service is further proof of their commitment to support the emerging markets of the Indian Subcontinent and South America as well as the focus on their core markets of Africa and the Middle East.

’Rumba/Prime 4’ port rotation is as follows: Jebel Ali (UAE) – Jawaharlal Nehru (India) – Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) - Suez Canal (Egypt) – Genoa (Italy) – Barcelona (Spain) – Algeciras (Spain) – Tangier (Morocco) - Santos (Brazil) – Itajai (Brazil) – Paranagua (Brazil) – Montevideo (Uruguay) - Rio Grande (Brazil) – Santos (Brazil) - Algeciras (Spain) – Valencia (Spain) – Suez Canal (Egypt) – Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) – Salalah (Oman) – Jebel Ali (UAE).

The service will deploy 11 vessels. The first southbound/westbound sailing of the Rumba/Prime 4 service will be the Maersk Danville (voyage 1113) in Jebel Ali on 31 July 2011 and on the northbound/eastbound sailing, the Laust Maersk (voyage 1112) in Brazil on 7 August 2011.

(pic: Jan Scheck)