Ahlers expands shipping lines network with a new sustainable partnership in Africa

Ahlers and SAFWAF MPV, both renowned companies in the shipping industry, have decided to join forces and enter an agency agreement for their East and West Africa service

Antwerp/Belgium/October 26th, 2016

We are pleased to inform you that SAFWAF MPV has appointed Ahlers Agencies as their agent in Europe, India, South East Asia and China as from September 1, 2016.


SAFWAF MPV is a fully independent, reliable and regular multi-purpose liner shipping service connecting Southern Africa and West Africa. Previously operated by Safmarine but now owned and operated by Fairseas International since February 2016, this carrier has served the West Africa Trade Lane for over thirty years. Managing Director Liam Mckenzie comments: “This new agency agreement affords both companies the exceptional opportunity to build on an already well established trade brand and with long standing customers.” Hans Van Der Woude says that this experience and expertise is what Ahlers Agencies always seeks in a Principal.


The SAFWAF MPV service offers a 6-7 weekly frequency calling Durban, Cape Town and Walvis Bay on the Southern African coast, with direct calls on every voyage at Matadi-DRC.

Inducement possibilities and port pairing is offered from ALL SA Ports of call up to Morocco, with Southbound opportunities on application. The SAFWAF MPV service is truly a multipurpose service offering Breakbulk, Bulk and containerised shipping on all vessels operated on this route.

Ahlers, who started the agency business over 100 years ago, has always chosen their partners based on quality and reliability, offering customers peace of mind when shipping their bulk or project cargo without losing sight of the attractive rates customers are looking for. With this new cooperation, Ahlers expands their portfolio of lines and destinations even more whilst maintaining the first class service they are known for.


With this new partnership Ahlers is offering their customers the opportunity to ship their cargoes from Europe, China, South East Asia and India to many destinations on the East- and West African coast, with or without transshipment.


Pamela Yerushalmy, Line Manager at SAFWAF MPV: “Partnerships are the way forward to offer more, diverse and constantly improving options to our customer base. It is essential that our Agents not only have the knowledge but also share the same business values. For us this means high customer service levels and dedication. We endeavor to offer our customers the best possible African sea-freight solutions. With Ahlers’ strong presence in both Europe and India/Far East we are convinced that we are taking a step in the right direction.”


Hans van der Woude, Business Development Manager at Ahlers: “We are very pleased that SAFWAF MPV chose Ahlers to represent their services. We believe a high degree of professionalism and flexibility are essential in today’s challenging market. Together with both our qualified and committed staff we are convinced that this partnership will prove to be beneficial for both our customers, SAFWAF MPV and Ahlers alike.”

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