Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New Monthly Break Bulk Freight Service to Arabian Gulf Launched

Two Long Established Companies Continue Cooperation
Shipping News Feature

EUROPE – ARABIAN GULF - Despite all its current woes, one of the mainstays of the Greek economy has always been the shipping sector. Whilst the country’s road haulage operators have seen their traditional international freight trade fall prey to cheaper Eastern European competition, the special maritime strengths, honed over generations, may now offer a degree of protection. Now one company, Empros Lines, itself steeped in maritime tradition, is to launch a new regular monthly break bulk liner service from Antwerp and the Western Continent to the Arabian Gulf.

Empros, based to the north east of Athens, has been around since 1914 and for the last 65 years has offered regular break bulk liner sailings to the East Med, North Africa and the Sea of Marmara. The agent appointed to act for the line, De Keyser Thornton (DKT), has an even longer pedigree offering services since 1853.

Principal ports for the new general cargo service will be Antwerp and various German ports on inducement basis with targeted main discharge points at Jeddah / Abu Dhabi / Jebel Ali / Doha / Damman / Kuwait / Umm Qasr.

The vessel used on the new service will be the MV SCL Basilisk (pictured), built in China in 2013 and flagged in Switzerland she has a dead weight tonnage of 17,953 tonnes and carries cargo gear consisting of three 80 tonne McGregor electro hydraulic cranes.