Hapag-Lloyd launches new service – Kenya News Agency
The MV Northern Valence carrying containerized cargo arrived at the port of Mombasa on its first call for a special welcoming ceremony hosted by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).
The ship deployed by Hapag-Lloyd, a German-based shipping company and one of the world’s top ten shipping companies by volume, made its maiden voyage to the port of Mombasa on Saturday.
With this inaugural call, Hapag Lloyd launched its new service known as East Africa 3, which will link the East Africa region to major ports in the Far East.
With direct connections between Far Eastern ports such as Malaysia, Singapore and China, Mombasa and Dar es Salaam, the shipping company has now joined the top 10 global container shipping companies that dock at the port of Mombasa. .
Some of the major shipping companies that ply the port of Mombasa include Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Company, CMA-CGM, China Ocean Shipping Company, and Evergreen.
The volumes of containers transported by the new line are expected to increase gradually over the coming months, which will be a boon for the port of Mombasa, the engine of business growth.
Eng. Evans Akunava was on hand to receive the vessel on behalf of the Acting General Manager, Eng. Rashid Salim and presented a first call certificate to the ship’s captain Stefan Predota.
“The new service line – East Africa 3 to the East African region and in particular our port testifies to the confidence that Hapag Lloyd and other shipping companies have in the port of Mombasa” , noted Eng. Salim in a statement.
The KPA MD has asked shipping companies to use the Fair Operational Port of Lamu which it believes is very ideal for the transshipment of goods in the Indian Ocean Islands due to its strategic geographic location.
Hapag Lloyd’s country representative, Prashant Sindhwani, said they are excited to launch the express service line for East Africa and the Far East.
Sindhwani said the new East Africa Service 3 (EAS3) will offer direct weekly crossings between China, Southeast Asia, Kenya and Tanzania with highly competitive transit times for better connectivity between Asia and East Africa.
East Africa Service 2 (EAS2) connects the East Africa region with the West Coast of India and Jebel Ali in Dubai.
Hapag-Lloyd entered the Sub-Saharan African market approximately 13 years ago and has experienced steady and significant growth in volumes transported to and from Africa since then.
Sindhwani said EAS3 will offer connections to Hapag-Lloyd’s global network through the hub ports of Singapore, Port Klang in Malaysia and Shanghai in China.
He said the introduction of the new service provided a new channel for the giant company to transport cargo to the East African region from economies in the Far East.
“The MV Northern Valence set sail from Port Klang which is the main maritime gateway to Malaysia and passing through Mombasa before heading to the nearby port of Dar es Salaam,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the crew, Captain Predota noted that it was an honor for his company to serve the port of Mombasa and East Africa, adding that they wanted to exceed the expectations of the region. in the shipping industry.
By Hussein Abdullahi