The German Hartmann Group of Leer has announced the launch of a new Europe to West Africa multipurpose liner service. The new loop, to be inaugurated in late April, will offer one sailing every 15 days and it will deploy a fleet of three 17,500 dwt multipurpose ships on a 45-day round trip.
Hartmann’s initiative comes as a gap is opening up in the North Europe to WAF multipurpose market, with CMA CGM / Delmas to close their Europe to WAF ‘Atlantic’ mpp and roro service in favour of a full-container transhipment solution via Tanger Med. Furthermore, it is stil not entirely clear how Baco-Liner’s long-established Europe to WAF mpp, container and lash-barge service will soldier on in the long term, as the specialised barge carriers near the end of their commercial lives.
Of note, the new Hartmann Group service will be offered by its subsidiary MTL, which is based at the German city of Duisburg – just as Baco Liner is.
The new bi-monthly mpp service of Hartmann MTL will begin operations with a single round-trip of the chartered 7,750 dwt VICTORIADIEP. It will then be upgraded to a homogenous fleet of 17,500 dwt multuipurpose ships of the Hartmann Group, expected to be re-deployed from services of HAL Hartmann Asia Lines.
MTL has announced the following proforma rotation for the new service, which – as it is common with mpp loops – is not cast in stone but may be changed ad-hoc to accommodate spot cargo and inducement calls:
Antwerp, Hamburg*, Aberdeen*, Tilbury, Rouen, Nouakchcott*, Nouadhibou, Takoradi*, Lagos, Onne, Port Harcourt*, Warri*, Lagos, Abidjan, San Pedro*, Viana do Castelo, Rouen, Antwerp (calls marked with an Asterisk are subject to inducement.)