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June 02, 2022

HAPPAG LLOYD BUYS CONTAINER LINER BUSINESS OF AFRICA SPECIALIST - DAL

Hapag-Lloyd purchased a 6,589TEU container ship from Africa-focused DAL.

Before, Hapag-Lloyd had also acquired Africa-specialised carrier NileDutch last year, which strengthened the carrier's presence and service offering to and from West Africa. This growth-oriented strategy was also underlined by new office openings in Kenya, Morocco and Senegal in 2021 and the establishment of a Quality Service Center (QSC) in Mauritius in 2020.


 Hapag-Lloyd successfully closed the acquisition of the container liner business of German carrier Deutsche Afrika-Linien (DAL), after having signed the framework agreement in March 2022. In advance, the transaction had been approved by all responsible antitrust authorities.  

“We are very pleased with the closing of the transaction and looking forward to welcoming the DAL colleagues,” says Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd. “With their broad experience and market knowledge, they will significantly support us to further grow in Africa, which remains an important strategic market for us. We will now fully integrate the DAL’s container liner activities into our business.” Particularly for the service offering from and to South Africa, DAL is a valuable addition, allowing Hapag-Lloyd to offer their customers a better network and additional port coverage in this region.

With its long history, DAL is an established liner shipping company for the transportation of containerized cargo and operates with four liner services between Europe, South Africa and the Indian Ocean. Headquartered in Hamburg, the Africa expert is represented with own offices in Germany and South Africa as well as through third-party agents in 47 countries worldwide. Their liner business (including agencies) employs more than 150 people. DAL owns a 6,589 TEU container ship and operates a container fleet of around 17,800 boxes (owned and leased), which will be taken over as part of the acquisition.

The integration will be moving at a swift pace, and full commercial integration is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2022.

In 2021, Hapag-Lloyd had acquired Africa-specialized carrier Nile Dutch, which significantly strengthened the carrier's presence and service offering to and from West Africa. This growth-oriented strategy was also underlined by several new office openings in Africa in 2021 and 2020.

CMA CGM TO IMPROVE MIDAS1 ROTATION


 CMA CGM has announced the launch of a new call at Apapa, Nigeria on its MIDAS 1 service connecting India Middle East Gulf and West Africa.

With immediate effect, the new rotation of MIDAS 1 is as follows:

Jebel Ali ─ Mundra ─ Nhava Sheva ─ Pointe Noire – Tema – Apapa - Cotonou – Cape Town - Durban – Jebel Ali

May 31, 2022

HAPPAG LLOYD STARTS NEW AFRICAN SERVICES (MAX) FROM INDIA CONNECTING MOZAMBIQUE (MAPUTO)

 Hapag-Lloyd will launch its new regular service Maputo Express (MAX) beginning of June 2022, expanding its Africa network with this bi-weekly cargo-connection.

The direct service will operate between Jebel Ali (AE), Mundra (IN) and Maputo (MZ). With this lean three-port rotation Hapag-Lloyd has created a new service with fast transit times from the Westcoast of India to the East coast of Africa. The stopover in the port of Jebel Ali, a Middle East hub for global cargo traffic, provides customers with further connections to the worldwide network. Hapag-Lloyd offers with this service also an in-bond-transit between Maputo and Komatipoort (ZA), creating a unique transportation gateway towards the North of South Africa.

“This expansion shows the confidence Hapag-Lloyd has in Africa’s potential. We connect a new destination with our global network, and we offer a competitive alternative for Johannesburg imports and Southerrn Africa exports through this new corridor. Plus we always aim at simplifying our network, especially with the current market challenges. By calling at only a few strategic ports, we make planning easier and speed up transportation time,” explains Jan Willem De Braal, Senior Director Trade Africa.