Universal Africa Lines today christened its new 8,600 deadweight ton cargo ship “UAL Texas” at an event at the Cruise Terminal Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Shipyard Bodewes launched the UAL Texas in May in the Netherlands. On its maiden trip, the UAL Texas will sail from Aberdeen, Scotland, via Antwerp, Belgium, to various destinations in West Africa, including Malabo, Equatorial Guinea; Pointe Noire and Banana, Congo; and Lobito, Angola.
The event also celebrated the new name for UAL’s global agents. HMT International Shipping & Forwarding and Consolidated Steamship Agency, both part of the UAL Alliance, which connects Europe and the U.S. to West Africa, are adopting the names “Universal Africa Lines Netherlands” and “Universal Africa Lines, America,” respectively.
“After all these years of successful cooperation through the UAL Alliance, both HMT and CSA in Houston will adopt the UAL name to emphasize the devotion of service to principal Universal Africa Lines,” said Roger Jungblut, UAL’s CEO, in a written statement. “With this step, we have a uniform approach to the market by introducing a renewed, yet already familiar and overall clear branding, that will strengthen the group’s collective position on the market.”