WILHELMSEN QUITS SOUTH AFRICA TRADE

WILHELMSEN QUITS SOUTH AFRICA TRADE

Wilhelmsen Lines (U.S.A.) Inc. has abandoned its U.S.-to-South Africa service after 18 months, saying it was unprofitable.

The carrier would not say where the two multipurpose ships it had in the trade will be redeployed. "We are in the process of examining the whole fleet of 14 ships," said Morten Raabe, president of the U.S. division here.Getting out of the trade was "something we decided to do because we did not accomplish the goals we had set to make it profitable."

The carrier, a subsidiary of Wilhelmsen Lines of Oslo, Norway, had two ships in the trade that called at the South African ports of Port Elizabeth, East London and Johannesburg with inland connections to Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia.