Putting the Samba into West Africa

Feb 24, 2003
Author: P&S


Safmarine today (24 February 2003) announced an extended SAMBA service that includes calls at key West African ports.

The SAMBA (Southern Africa Middle East Brazil Argentina) service was introduced with fixed day sailings connecting South Africa with the Middle East and South America and operated by four fully containerised ships of 1,350 TEU capacity. The ships are equipped to carry up to 250 reefer containers.

The new service extension, which commences from Monday, 3 March 2003 will sail between South America, South Africa, Middle East, Indian Ocean Islands, South Africa and extend into West Africa.

The service extension, to be known as the South-West Africa Express, will have the following port rotation:

Durban – Cape Town – Luanda –Cotonou – Apapa – TinCan island – Abidjan.

From West Africa the service will continue to South America with direct calls at Montevideo, Rio Grande, Itajai, Paranagua and Santos.

“The addition of two ships of 1,250 TEU capacity to the SAMBA service will offer fast transit times from South Africa into key West African markets, thereby further improving our growing intra-Africa network and offering superior schedule integrity,” said Alex de Bruyn, Africa line manager for Safmarine.


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