Monday, May 24, 2010

Safmarine Now Introduce Direct Container Ship Call At Sharjah

Addition to Gulf to East Africa Service plus Nigerian and Benin Changes
Shipping News Feature

SOUTH AFRICA – EAST AFRICA - WEST AFRICA - UAE - Container shipping line Safmarine has announced an enhancement to its Masiika Express service between the Arabian Persian Gulf and East Africa with the addition of a direct call at the UAE port of Sharjah. The call provides direct access to the East African ports of Dar es Salaam and Mombasa.

According to Safmarine’s Liner Executive, Jan Scheck, “Sharjah is currently served via a feeder to Jebel Ali and a direct call will allow Safmarine to further improve on the service we’re currently offering our growing customer base in the Gulf and Africa. The first call at Sharjah will be made on June 9, 2010 by the vessel, ER Elsfleth.”

The revised port rotation will be as follows: Sharjah - Jebel Ali - Salalah - Dar Es Salaam - Mombasa - Salalah – Sharjah. The service is billed as a joint Safmarine – Maersk Line operation whereas Safmarine have in fact been owned by Maersk since 1999. Capacity will not be increased and the service will continue to employ the current fleet of 2500 TEU vessels.

Safmarine also announced a change to their “225” service. This will now incorporate a direct call at the port of Cotonou in Benin as well as an improved sailing frequency of 13 days. In addition, the terminal in Lagos, Nigeria will change from from Apapa Terminal to the Tincan Island (TICT) Terminal.