SOUTH AFRICA's Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Transnet Ports Terminals (TPT) welcomed the first vessel to
arrive at the Port of Durban on the new MIAX (Middle East-India-Africa
Express) service offered by Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express (ONE).
The 2,758-TEU Maltese-flagged New Jersey
Trader offers direct connections and fast transit times between South
and West Africa, the Persian Gulf, India, Colombo and Reunion.
Nine ships with a capacity of 2,800 TEU each, will be deployed for the new service.
Said Port of Durban general manager Moshe Motlohi: "Durban and Cape Town
will play a key role in regional integration through the lines?existing
The first port rotation for the service is Jebel Ali, Mundra, Nhava
Sheva, Colombo, Reunion, Durban, Cape Town, Tema, Lagos (Tincan and
Apapa), Cape Town, Durban and back to Jebel Ali.
Said Hapag-Lloyd:"MIAX will connect the Middle East and the Indian
subcontinent to South Africa and West Africa with a quality service. We
are very excited and look forward to growing in South Africa and Africa
as a whole."