ROTTERDAM-headquartered shipping firm NileDutch is to increase vessel size by chartering its largest-ever vessels in the 4,380-TEU Stadt Marburg and 4,252-TEU Osaka Tower on its East Asia-South Africa-Angola service.
The chartered vessels of Stadt Marburg, controlled by Thien & Heyenga, and Osaka Tower, controlled by EP Shipping, have start dates of late March and early April respectively.
Each are chartered at below average cost of US$7,000 from $9,500 for 3,000 to 3,500-TEU geared vessels.
It aims to increase vessel size on further services on Asia-West Africa trade following a trend of other carriers, created by cascading of larger vessels on Asia-Europe trades.
NileDutch, now formally Sud Maritime, already has delivery of four 3,500-TEU vessels from Shanghai Shipyard to replace chartered coverage on this same service, cited a report from Vancouver's Ship & Bunker.
Source : HKSG.