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Monday, January 22, 2018

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Gulf Africa Line Gets Its “Gal”

Gulf Africa Line AG (GAL), a Liner Service connecting Mexico, the U.S. Gulf and East Coast with Southern Africa, has added a fifth vessel to the fleet – M/V “Texas Gal” (ex Eckert Oldendorff). The additional vessel, a multipurpose tweendecker, which was built in 1983 under the flag state of Liberia, is set to improve the average frequency of the service to a sailing every 18 days.

OT Africa Line to be acquired by the Bollore Group

The Bollore Group has signed a contract with the aim of acquiring OT Africa Line, the British shipping line, and its landside network in Africa. The object of this move is to reinforce the Group's position in the Europe-Africa trade with the important contribution that OTAL can make, particularly in the traffic flows from the U.K., Germany and Benelux to the anglophone markets of Ghana and Nigeria. The OTAL organization will remain independent from Delmas, a Bollore Group liner shipping subsidiary, although potential economies in matters of common interest such ships and containers will be researched and evaluated. Moreover OTAL's management team will remain based in London.

OT Africa Line moves its operations in Antwerp

OT Africa Line is to move its operations in Antwerp from Hesse Noord Natie Terminal's Delwaide Dock (berth 702) to Churchill Dock South (berth 420) in order to increase efficiency and provide its customers with a range of additional benefits. The new berth, which will be used by OTAL and its sister company Delmas on an almost exclusive basis, is able to handle containers, RoRo, break bulk, project cargo and cars. In addition, there is a multipurpose storage warehouse suitable for cocoa covering some 64,000 cu. Vessels on OTAL's Combined and Express Service will call at Churchill Dock South every five days en route to West Africa.

OT Africa Line Appoints a New Spanish Agent

OT Africa Line (OTAL), the specialist West African shipping line, has appointed a new Spanish agent, Isamar. part of the Bolloré Group. well integrated transport organization. Founded in 1993, Isamar is a logistics company with a specific focus on maritime transport. Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Las Palmas, Seville, Tenerife, Valencia and Vigo. offices in Lisbon and Leixoes. The strengthening of OTAL's agency network in Spain is both a logistical and strategic move. Spain is an important export partner for many West African countries including: Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Mauritania and the Gambia. In addition, Spain's prime location in the Mediterranean, neighbouring both France and Portugal, makes it an important transport hub.

Gulf Africa Line to Call Port of Jacksonville

Gulf Africa Line (GAL) will begin U.S. East Coast port calls in Jacksonville, effective with Blue Master voyage 0504 (northbound) and 1204 (southbound). "In our ongoing effort to create greater value for customers, we have identified significant opportunities in Jacksonville for a large portion of the range of cargoes we regularly carry," said David Groves, GAL Owner's Representative, located in Houston, TX. In order to maintain schedule integrity, the Port of Savannah will no longer be served as of the same Blue Master voyages. Vessels will call Talleyrand Terminal in Jacksonville, offering additional benefits to the service, including modern dry…

Transnet South Africa to Invest Heavily in Logistics Infrastructure

Breakbulk's first Africa conference discusses challenges, opportunities in moving breakbuld & heavy-lift cargo in & out of Africa. South Africa's national transport company is planning infrastructure improvements that will move cargo from highways to rail, the chief executive of Transnet recently told 300 attendees at the first Breakbulk Africa Congress held on the African continent. Transnet CEO Brian Molefe said the investment of R300 billion into capital infrastructure projects through 2019 will decrease transportation prices in a country where moving cargo costs more than five times what logistics providers pay in Europe and the U.S.

OT Africa Line expands Reefer Service

In response to the rising demand for specialist containers on the steadily maturing West Africa trade, OT Africa Line (OTAL) has introduced a range of 40 ft. and 40 ft. high cube refrigerated containers (reefers). These containers are a new addition to the OTAL fleet which currently comprises of 20 ft. reefers, ventilated containers, dry vans, flatracks, collapsible flatracks and open tops and 40 ft. high cubes, dry vans, flatracks, collapsible flatracks, and open tops. The new reefers will be used to transport the growing number of perishable products imported and exported by West Africa every day. OTAL's new 40 ft. and 40 ft. high cube reefers are made from muffler grade stainless steel (MGSS) and have six lashing points on each side of the internal bottom rail.

Ocean Network Express Completes Merger Approvals

Graphics: Ocean Network Express

South Africa’s competition watchdog becomes final signatory allowing Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL ),  Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK ) merger, so that Joint venture (JV) can start operations on April 1. "K Line, MOL and NYK have  announced that their new joint venture company, Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd., established in July 2017, has received all necessary merger approvals from local competition authorities in regions and countries where such approvals are required for the launch of service by the newly established joint venture company…

Gulf Africa Announces New Appointments

Gulf Africa Line (GAL) has appointed Biehl & Company as general liner agents in the USA effective March 1, 2002. GAL’s pricing and line management will be in Houston, while documentation and customer service will be handled at the Biehl regional offices. Biehl’s contact information for rate inquiries and bookings will be as follows: Line Manager: Mrs. Charis Hargis Toll Free : 1 877 GAL-SHIP (425-7447) Switchboard : 1 713 690-7200 E-mail : gal@biehlco.com Website : www.galship.com GAL’s port agency agreement with Gulf Chartering in New Orleans and the Mississippi River will not be affected by this appointment.

OTAL to Move its Port Operations in Amsterdam

OT Africa Line (OTAL ) is to move its port operations in Amsterdam from the Ceres Amsterdam Marine Terminal to the USA Terminal, a new deep sea terminal and multimodal distribution center operated by United Stevedores Amsterdam (USA). As of September 2002, OTAL vessels will call at the USA Terminal, which is located in the Amerikahaven within Amsterdam Westpoort. Vessels on both OTAL's weekly container service and weekly RoRo service will call at the USA Terminal every seven days en route to West Africa. The first OTAL vessel to call will be Rokia (337) on September 2,2002.

CMA CGM Reorganizes South African Management

CMA CGM announced the reorganization of CMA CGM South Africa, the South African agent of the CMA CGM Group headquartered in Durban, with the departure of Arnaud Thibault, Regional Director and Managing Director of CMA CGM South Africa Pty. Arnaud Thibault’s leadership and contribution to the development and growth of CMA CGM South Africa is recognized and appreciated by the Group’s Chairman and management team, the company said. CMA CGM South Africa has opened 10 new agencies in the southern region, general cargo volume increased threefold and reefer cargo volume increased fourfold, which led CMA CGM South Africa to rank within the top five among containership lines in South Africa.

Nagtegaal is Head of Containers, Rotterdam Port

Hans Nagtegaal

Hans Nagtegaal (49) has been appointed the new Head of Containers at the Port of Rotterdam Authority. He is a highly experienced manager from the world of shipping and logistics, who enjoyed a successful career at P&O NedLloyd (in China, among other places), ultimately becoming director of the NileDutch Africa Line, via Safmarine. Hans Nagtegaal succeeds Joyce Bliek. The Port Authority has created a new position, in which Joyce Bliek will focus on improving and streamlining digital communication and the exchange of information in the supply chain.

CMA CGM Hires Diana Containerships' Domingo

Domingo. Photo:  Diana Containerships Inc.

Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with CMA CGM, Marseille, for one of its Panamax container vessels, the m/v Domingo. The gross charter rate is US$8,500 per day, minus a 3.5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 8 months to maximum  11 months. The charter will commence on September 15, 2017. The m/v Domingo is currently chartered to Nile Dutch Africa Line B.V.

OT Africa Line Makes Changes

OT Africa Line (OTAL) announced some changes to its North Europe – West Africa services. These take into account various factors including a slight downturn in overall trade volumes, civil unrest in certain countries and improved availability of roll-on, roll-off multi-purpose tonnage. OTAL’s RoRo service is resuming its nine day frequency utilising six vessels on a 45-day round-trip schedule. This has been made possible by the return to the service of Rokia Delmas and Rosa Delmas. Both ships have recently been employed in support of the military action in Iraq and during their absence, the service was reduced to an eleven-day frequency utilizing three RoRo vessels.

OTAL Adds Hamburg to West Africa Schedule

Photo courtesy Port of Hamburg

On 26 November 2009, the container ship CMA CGM Iguacu called at the Port of Hamburg as part of the expanded sailing schedule for the Nigeria Express liner service operated by the OT Africa Line (OTAL). Hamburg is included for the first time in this liner service, which links the ports of Dakar, Lagos-Apapa, Lagos-Tincan and Abidjan with the European continent. The CMA CGM Iguacu is scheduled to arrive in Lagos on 18 December 2009. The inclusion of the northern European continent only occurred in July this year. The CMA CGM Iguacu was built by the HDW shipyard in Kiel in 2006.

OTAL Appoints New Agent

OT Africa Line's presence in North West Russia and the Baltic ports has been strengthened with the appointment by the line's German agent, Ernst Glaessel GmbH, of a new sub-agent based in St Petersburg, Dealex Ltd. OTAL believes that, as a result, it has enhanced its operations throughout the region. The appointment of Dealex means that shippers in North West Russia will now have easier access to OTAL's container and break-bulk services to / from St. Petersburg and West and Central Africa. "OTAL has been looking for a representative within North West Russia for a while, especially in light of the recent growth experienced in the country's economy…

OTAL’s North Africa Feeder Service Hailed a Success

OT Africa Line (OTAL), the specialist West African shipping line, has undergone service schedule restructuring as from mid June of this year: 80 percent of its African port range now sees OTAL call on a weekly basis. The implementation of the OTAL-managed weekly North Africa feeder service (NFD), for example, has already created marked improvements in terms of port congestion avoidance and improved sailing frequencies for customers. The North Africa feeder service operates two 400 TEU vessels, providing a weekly service on the Dakar – Banjul – Nouakchott – Casablanca rotation. It prioritises its schedule to meet the weekly Hebdo service in Dakar…

NOURA EXPRESS to Optimise its Service Between East Africa and Europe

Map by DELMAS, CMA CGM Group

Following its core strategy of continuous Africa Lines service upgrade, CMA CGM is pleased to present its latest significant improvement on its NOURA EXPRESS service connecting East Africa with Europe. Starting end of November 2015 with m/v MARIE DELMAS, NOURA EXPRESS fixed-day direct service from Kenya and Somalia will be upgraded with a weekly direct call at Salalah (Oman). First call is expected on December 12th, 2015. This service extension will allow smooth and fast connections from Salalah to Europe with EPIC service. - Excellent opportunity for commodities out of Uganda and Rwanda.

OTAL expands into China

Strengthening its position as a leading player in West African shipping and logistics, OT Africa Line (OTAL) has expanded its agency network in China. United Transportation Limited (UTL), OTAL's general agents covering Hong Kong and China, will now co-ordinate all Chinese commercial and operational activities via a sub agency network managed by Chiao Feng Shipping Ltd. With headquarters in Hong Kong, Chiao Feng has strategically located offices (highlighted below) based at important regional transhipment hubs. Chiao Feng has been established for 15 years with all branches holding a Class A license issued by the Chinese Government granting authority to handle freight traffic throughout the region.

CMA CGM Upgrades Europe-Africa Service

Worldwide shipping firm the CMA CGM Group announced plans to upgrade its services joining Europe to Africa, altering its EURAF 1, EURAF 2 and EURAF 4 services with the goal of providing a more complete service offering to Africa, North Europe and the Mediterranean. The EURAF 1 service, that connects North European to West African markets, will add a call at London Containers Terminal – Tilbury each week. This new call will directly join the United Kingdom to Africa, and the service will provide competitive transit times allowing the export of banana Reefer containers from West Africa to England. The inaugural call of the rotation in Tilbury took place on August 10. Algeciras used to be called only once on the previous rotation.

OTAL To Invest $5 million in New IT System

The Bolloré Maritime Division (BMD) is investing USD 5 million in a new software management system called iQ-Ship. As a group company OT Africa Line (OTAL) will benefit from this system, which is designed to enhance the quality of service provided to its customers worldwide. system. iQ-Ship will enable OTAL to simplify and automate several internal processes. This will reduce the time and costs required to execute OTAL?s commercial, logistics and financial functions and allow staff more time meeting customers' needs. OTAL's marketing manager, Rachel Bennett, said: "We were impressed by the product's depth as well as Qiva's history and proven expertise in providing state-of-the-art systems.

OTAL Announces Appointments

OT Africa Line (OTAL), the specialist West African carrier, has appointed several key figures to its UK and European based operations. Romain Berard has been appointed OTAL's African Sales Manager. Based in London, Mr. Berard will work as part of the commercial sales team. Traveling extensively throughout the African Sub-Continent, he will promote OTAL's services and build on existing relationships with the line's African agency network. Mr. Berard will be the African agents' first point of contact regarding sales strategy. Romain joins OTAL from Delmas (a subsidiary of the Bolloré Group, OTAL's parent company) where he was the U.K. Northbound Manager. Diane Mussault joins OTAL as Northbound Sales Manager. Ms. Mussault will be responsible for all northbound sales and pricing.

Cambiaso&Risso takes over Carlo Sciaccaluga srl

Ship Agency Cambiaso&Risso has taken over Carlo Sciaccaluga srl, the historic ship agency established in 1903 as a forwarding agent in Genoa port and now boasting a solid reputation in the food industry, vegetable oils and chemical sector (particularly Biodiesel), and many customers at an international level. This is another important takeover for Cambiaso&Risso Agency, which contributes to strengthening its international leadership in the maritime service sector. The agreement was signed a few days ago between Sampierdarena Olii srl - which owns Carlo Sciaccaluga srl and is part of SAAR DP SpA, owner of the largest coastal food warehouse in Genoa Port and the fastest-growing company in this sector over the last few years – and Cambiaso&Risso: it will enter into force in September 2011…

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