Nordana is reactivating its direct roll–on, roll-off service between the U.S. Gulf and East Coast and Libya after suspending the service in February due to the unrest in the North African nation.
The Danish line said it is resuming service following the lifting of European Union sanctions and improved security in the region. Nordana joines Maersk Line in restarting service to the war-torn country.
“The increasing stabilization in the eastern part of Libya has now reached a stage where we have found it safe for the crew, vessel and cargo to re-establish the service and start accepting cargo for Benghazi on a regular basis,” said Rene Sivertsen, Nordana line manager.
Other Libyan ports will be added to the service as the situation approves, Sivertsen said.
The first sailing from the U.S. will be by the Skanderborg, which will load in Houston on Sept. 19; Jacksonville, Fla., Sept. 23; Savannah, Ga., Sept. 24; and Baltimore, Sept. 28.
In addition to U.S. exports, cargo from Spain, Italy, Egypt and Turkey will be accepted on the thrice-weekly service, which handles rolling stock and break bulk cargo, including oversized and heavy lift units and containers.
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