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West Africa Container Service Begins Houston Port Calls

The first regular direct container/ro-ro service between the Houston and West Africa was launched February 12 by Grimaldi Lines at the Port of Houston Authority’s Barbours Cut Container Terminal.

The Grimaldi West Africa Service Direct, which also is the only direct container service from the Gulf of Mexico to West Africa, will deploy six identical ships and call Barbours Cut every 11 days. Grande-class Ro/Ro-Container vessels each have capacity for up to 800 container TEUs, 2,000 linear meters of rolling freight and up to 2,000 cars.   

"Grimaldi is pleased to announce the added port call to Houston on its successful East Coast West African service," the company said in a statement. "The Gulf region is an important market in the growing trade from the United States to West Africa. We are excited to be able to offer manufacturers, traders and the oil and gas sector the facility of a regular direct container service from Houston to a wide range of ports on the West African coast."

Service is offered to 15 West African ports, among them Dakar, Freetown, Luanda, Cotonou, Lagos, Monrovia, Tema and Abidjan.

Established in 1947 and headquartered in Naples (Italy), Grimaldi is a fully integrated multinational logistics group specializing in the maritime transport of cars, rolling cargo, containers and passengers with a fleet of more than 100 vessels.

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