Hapag-Lloyd enhances African service network

Hapag-Lloyd enhances Africa service network

Hapag-Lloyd has announced it will enhance its operations in the African continent by updating its West-Europe-West-Africa (WWA) and West Africa Express (WAX) services.

The update will come into effect in April 2024.

With the revamped WWA and WAX services, the shipping company will reportedly be able to offer new direct calls from North Europe to Tema, Ghana.

In addition, both of these services will cover the geographical scope of the MWX service, which will be discontinued.

The WWA service’s new rotation will cover the following ports:

Antwerp, Belgium – Le Havre, France – Lisbon, Portugal – Tanger Med, Morocco – Tema, Ghana – Pointe Noire, Congo – Luanda, Angola – Libreville, Gabon – Antwerp.

The Port of Kribi in Cameroon will be served via Pointe Noire, Congo connecting to Hapag-Lloyd’s AWA service.

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The WWA service will be modified to cover the citrus season in South Africa, and hence provide a direct service from Durban and Coega to North Europe, with a connection to North America and South Europe via Tangier.

This extension from the end of May through September is known as Citrus Connect in the South Africa trade.

The WAX service’s new rotation will cover the following ports:

Tanger Med, Morocco – Dakar, Senegal – Apapa, Nigeria – Tincan, Nigeria – Cotonou, Benin – Abidjan, Ivory Coast – Tema, Ghana – Tanger Med, Morocco.

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The first vessel sailing in the revised WAX service will be MV Vancouver Star V. 2416S, estimated to arrive in Tanger Med, Morocco on 21 April 2024.

The port rotation of the WA1 service will continue without changes, as follows:

Tanger Med, Morocco – Nouakchott, Mauritania – Conakry, Guinea – Freetown, Sierra Leone – Monrovia, Liberia – San Pedro, Ivory Coast – Banjul, Gambia.

Last month, Hapag-Lloyd announced a General Rate Increase (GRI) / General Rate Adjustment (GRA) from India and Pakistan to the US (East Coast, West Coast & Gulf Coast) and Canada West Coast.

More recently, Hapag-Lloyd entered into a transformative contract agreement with Ankeri Solutions to provide an array of tools that aim to simplify and accelerate the decarbonisation process for its fleet.

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