MOL is Ngqura"s first customer
South Africa"s newest port, the purpose-built transhipment facility at Ngqura, 20 km north-east of Port Elizabeth, today signed up its first customer in the shape of Japanese shipping line Mitsui OSK Lines.
MOL announced a series of service changes to its Asia-Africa services in response to growing demand and the new presence of state-owned Transet controlled-Ngqura, which officially opened for business last October.
The line has launched two new services, the Indian Ocean Express (IOX) service and the Angola Shuttle (AOS) service, as well re-organise the rotations of its Mozambique Zuid Africa (MZX) service, South/West Africa (SWX) service, and its mainline Asia-east coast South America (CSW) service, which features two calls at South African ports en route to South America from Asia.
The changes see the key call at the port of Durban on the CSW service dropped in favour of Ngqura, which will be used to tranship cargo for Angola and other destinations in west Africa.
The AOS service will operate every 21 days and run between Ngqura and the APM terminals-controlled box facility in the Angolan port of Luanda, while the revised SWX service will see a call at Ngqura included alongside existing calls at Durban, Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Abidjan, Tema, Lome, Cotonou and Douala.
MOL liner division general manager TK Konishi said: ?One of the major objectives in MOLs new mid-term management plan is to focus on emerging trades and countries. We are the only Asian carrier that calls at the port of Ngqura as a hub port, which not only accommodates much larger ships but also is designed to offer efficient tranship operation.?
Transnet Port Terminals chief operating officer Nosipho Damasane added: ?MOL"s development of these service changes are exactly what Transnet is looking for in the development of the Ngqura terminal, namely volume growth of transhipment cargo from other regions around the global.?
The changes will also see the MZX service upgraded to weekly, after previously operating every 10 days, by dropping its calls at Indian Ocean ports. These destinations will instead be serviced by the new fortnightly IOX service, which will hub out of Singapore and call at Port Louis, Reunion and Tamatave.