Hapag-Lloyd is focusing on the growing market in East Africa. The region tops the list on the African continent with growth rates of around 6 per cent. Kenya is developing with significantly rising import and export figures as well as massive investments in public infrastructure prompting the company to expand the existing services to the region.
East Africa Service
In April 2018, Hapag-Lloyd launched the first East Africa Service (EAS) dedicated to the region. The weekly service sails from Jeddah to Mombasa, and from there to Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania, and back to Jeddah. After a successful start, this service will be expanded in September with a weekly connection to and from Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Khor Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Mombasa and Dar es Salaam. The so-called EAS2 will replace the current EAS service and directly link the Arabian Gulf and the West Coast of India with East Africa.
Ship occupancy rate exceeds expectations
“I am delighted that our East Africa Service from and to Kenya is developing so positively. After only four months in operation, we have significantly expanded our business with overall vessel utilization beyond our expectations,” said Dheeraj Bhatia, Managing Director Africa, Middle East and Indian Subcontinent for Hapag-Lloyd AG. “With our upcoming new EAS2 service we will be able to offer even better connections from and to East Africa. All in all we are experiencing growing client demand which demonstrates the economic potential of Kenya.”
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