Safmarine history was made on 22 October 2010, when the company took delivery of a new multipurpose cargo vessel, the 18,019dwt Safmarine Sumba, its first new vessel since it became a member of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group over 11 years previously. And now that vessel has made her maiden call in the UK, at Aberdeen, working on a new service.

Safmarine offer regular services in the breakbulk trade to West Africa from Europe, Asia, North America and South Africa. Vessels on the service can accommodate a full range of cargoes, including containers, breakbulk cargoes (principally cocoa and coffee), timber and steel, project modules and oil-and gas-related cargoes.

Early in 2014 Safmarine Sumba was trading from Houston to Tin Can in Nigeria, but on 19 October, almost four years to the day that she entered service, she arrived at Aberdeen on a monthly Safmarine service to load oil-related cargoes. She later sailed for Antwerp. RC


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