Maersk Sealand launches direct Africa-E. Coast S.A. service

Maersk Sealand launches direct Africa-E. Coast S.A. service

Maersk Sealand is introducing the world's first direct liner service between West Africa and the East Coast of South America, the company announced. The new service, called Sawa Direct, consists of fortnightly calls by three vessels with an average capacity of 1,100 TEU's and 150 reefer plugs.

The service will provide direct calls at the main markets, along with a feeder option via Walvis Bay, Pointe Noire and Abidjan. From South America feedering from Rio de Janeiro, Santos and Paranagua via the River Plate completes the coverage. The first vessel will be leaving Itajai on March 13 and call at the following ports: Itajai, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio Grande, Walvis Bay, Lobito, Luanda, Pointe Noire, Libreville, Apapa, Abidjan and back to Itajai.

"We are responding to the wishes of those of our customers who need a fast and direct link between West Africa and the East Coast of South America," said Karsten Kildahl, vice president for Maersk Sealand's liner services in Europe and Africa.