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Today, NileDutch, the West Africa specialist container line, announced the acquisition of the Europe to West Africa services and operations from Safmarine MPV, an independently run multi-purpose vessel business owned by Maersk Line.

The acquisition complements and expands the service offering of NileDutch to customers of containerized, oil & gas, project and conventional cargo to carry a mix of cargo on the same vessel under a single bill of lading.

“The extension of our service offering delivered by this transaction will enable NileDutch to enhance its operational competiveness in global shipping. With so many infrastructure projects underway in especially West Africa, this multipurpose offering gives NileDutch a real edge and will allow us to seize more business opportunities in the fields of energy equipment, infrastructure, mining and agriculture. By bringing together the know-how of both teams, we will be even better positioned to provide premium services to our customers across all markets,” said NileDutch COO Jan Willem de Braal.

Jorg Knuttel, Managing Director of Safmarine MPV commented: “Following the divestment of Safmarine MPVs owned vessels in 2015, today’s agreement marks the complete divestment of Safmarine MPV, which was announced in the Maersk Group 2015 Annual Report. For years Safmarine MPV has demonstrated that breakbulk and containers is a strong combination, hence this acquisition is a natural fit. NileDutch and Safmarine MPV are both West Africa specialists with great heritage and strong focus on customer service and personal relationships. As a result, I am happy that our operations will continue as part of NileDutch.”

The operations of Safmarine MPVs Europe to West Africa services will continue as NileDutch MPV with the first sailing commencing in April.

NileDutch’s MPV service will focus on the Europe West Africa trade. Direct calls are made from numerous ports on these services, which accommodate the full range of cargoes, including containers, breakbulk, neo-bulk, project modules and oil and gas-related cargoes. The multipurpose vessels of NileDutch are equipped with cranes capable of loading, carrying and offloading commodities in bulk, project cargo, heavy lift and containers to the most challenging destinations in West Africa.

About NileDutch: With over 30 years’ experience, NileDutch focuses on creating links between Africa and the rest of the world, supporting businesses as they discover the opportunities the African continent offers. Its modern fleet allows NileDutch to offer short and reliable transit times to key destinations in the region at attractive rates. Customers can do business with NileDutch in their own language, as NileDutch has a large worldwide network of offices and an excellent customer service (www.niledutch.com).

About Safmarine MPV:  Safmarine MPV, West Africa multi-purpose vessel specialist, is an independently run business owned by Maersk Line. It operates multipurpose liner services for project cargo, un-unitised break bulk and container volumes to and from West Africa. Employing a staff of 24 and operating 3 chartered vessels, Safmarine MPV offers direct services from Northern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula which call main ports and private jetties along the West African coastline and perform offshore ship to ship transfers. (www.safmarinempv.com).

For more information, please contact:

Communications department

E communications@niledutch.com
T +31 10 281 8283

Safmarine MPV
Jorg Knuttel
Managing Director

E jknuttel@safmarinempv.com
T + 32 3 244  4501


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