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NileDutch acquires Safmarine MPV from Maersk Line

NileDutch acquires Safmarine MPV from Maersk Line
NileDutch, West Africa’s specialist container line, has acquired the Europe to West Africa services and operations from Safmarine MPV, owned by Denmark’s Maersk Line.

The acquisition marks the start of NileDutch’s venture into the multipurpose vessel business, enabling it to offer services to customers of containerized, oil and gas, project and conventional cargo to carry a mix of cargo on the same vessel under a single bill of lading.

“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,” said Jan Willem de Braal, coo of NileDutch.

Jorg Knuttel, managing director of Safmarine MPV commented: “Following the divestment of Safmarine MPV owned vessels in 2015, today’s (17 March) agreement marks the complete divestment of Safmarine MPV, which was announced in the Maersk Group 2015 Annual Report.”

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