A film released by Maersk tells of how its WAFMAX (West Africa MAX) vessels are ideally suited to the West African market, and with a length 250m long and a draught of 13.5m, this is the maximum size allowable for West African ports.
According to the African Business Review, the WAFMAX vessels are equipped with on board cranes, allowing for more flexibility and providing the ability to service ports without standing cranes.
Referring to the logistics process at its ports, Maersk Line Captain Atul Baijal, said: “Twenty years ago you didn’t know when you could enter the port, when you had to leave or how long it would take to unload the cargo. But now with APM terminals in Africa and the local infrastructure developments its better regulated and more secure.”
Baijal concluded: “It’s about connecting Africa to the rest of the world and connecting businesses and consumers that might otherwise never meet.”