New East Africa service launched with seven vessels
New Hapag-Lloyd East Africa service arriving in Kenya and Tanzania
EAST AFRICA: Hapag-Lloyd’s new East Africa Service 3 (EAS3) will offer direct weekly sailings between China, South-East Asia, Kenya and Tanzania from this week.
The service aims to achieve better connectivity between Asia and East Africa. In addition, the EAS3 will offer connections to Hapag-Lloyd’s global network via the hub ports of Singapore, Port Kelang and Shanghai.
Seven 2,800 TEU vessels will be deployed in the service, including two provided by Hapag-Lloyd.
Earlier this year in March, Hapag-Lloyd opened its own new office in Mombasa, Kenya to manage the main business. A second office was also opened in the country’s capital, Nairobi.
“Hapag-Lloyd has been steadily expanding its business in East Africa in recent years as part of our strategic focus on selected growth markets worldwide,” said Dheeraj Bhatia, Senior Managing Director Region Middle East at Hapag-Lloyd. “Our new EAS3 service will create a new option for our customers and help us to forge even stronger connections between this flourishing region and the rest of the world.”
Hapag-Lloyd entered the Sub-Sahara African market about 13 years ago and has seen steady and significant growth in transported volumes to and from Africa since then. In East Africa, the China Kenya Express Service (CKX) connects Kenya with some of the most important ports in Asia, such as Singapore and Shanghai, while the East Africa Service 2 (EAS2) connects the East African country with the west coast of India and Jebel Ali in Dubai.