Maersk Shipping Line and China Ocean Shipping Company have signed a sharing agreement to increase their network in the Eastern Africa region. In the new joint service -dubbed “Mashariki”- the two shipping companies will ensure a dedicated service for both port of Mombasa in Kenya and Tanzania’s Port of Dar Es Salaam.
This is a boost to the Port of Mombasa as it will be directly connected to Port of Shangai in China. It will provide to customers, who are served via the port of Mombasa, great access to one of the key markets in China. Furthermore, export customers will experience a great enhancement with cargo from Mombasa to Asia moving on average two weeks faster.
From Mombasa, Maersk offers end-to-end transport solutions to many of company’s customers based in Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan for both dry and refrigerated cargo.
On Friday, MV Cosco Yinkou became the first ship to arrive in Kenya under the Maersk-Cosco agreement. According to Kenya Ports Authority acting Managing Director Rashid Salim, the new caller, MV Cosco Yinkou, recorded the best performance of 362 crane moves per shift.