The first vessel on Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express (ONE)’s new Middle East-India-Africa Express (MIAX) joint-service has arrived at the Port of Durban.
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Transnet Ports Terminals (TPT) welcomed the 2011 MV New Jersey Trader containership, which flies the flag of Malta, at the port on November 5, 2019.
A total of nine ships with a capacity of 2,800 teu each will be deployed on the new service, which provides direct connections and fast transit times between South and West Africa, the Persian Gulf, India, Colombo (Sri Lanka) and La Réunion.
It is connected to the Global Mainline Network via the key ports of Jebel Ali (Dubai) and Colombo.
Moshe Motlohi, general manager at the Port of Durban, said: “TNPA looks forward to supporting Hapag-Lloyd and ONE through this new venture.
“The Ports of Durban and Cape Town will play a key role in regional integration through the lines’ existing global network.”
The new service will increase efficiencies for customers, according to TPT’s acting chief operations officer Velile Dube, and short-circuit destinations between ports in Asia, South and West Africa.
MIAX’s first port rotation is as follows: Jebel Ali, Mundra, Nhava Sheva, Colombo, La Réunion, Durban, Cape Town, Tema Lagos (Tincan and Apapa), Cape Town, Durban and Jebel Ali.
Hapag-Lloyd added the following statement: “The MIAX service’s maiden call to Durban followed by Cape Town is a momentous occasion for us.
“Our new MIAX will connect the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent to South Africa and West Africa with a quality service. We are excited and look forward to growing in South Africa and Africa as a whole.”