Leading Egyptian container line, Transmar, has upgraded a key service running out of the port of Adabiya with the addition of a new vessel, Viking Merlin. The extra tonnage has been deployed on the company’s Red Sea Service (RES) with the first departure from Adabiya taking place on September 20th. Sailings will continue every 10 days from now on.
According to Transmar, the introduction of the additional containership offers customers a more modern vessel with increased capacity and promises a more reliable and dependable service. The initiative is expected in particular to allow the line to cater for growing volumes of cargo moving between Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Mohamed El Ahwal, chief executive, says, “There has been a strong increase in traffic from Jeddah across our network and we have responded quickly to this demand by adding extra capacity onto the route with the Viking Merlin. As a family owned business we understand the need for reliability, security and delivery for all our customers and this upgrade is part of a continuing process by Transmar to provide the most efficient and reliable sailings across our shipping schedules.”
The RES service operates between Adabiya, Jeddah and Port Sudan, with Dammam and Jebel Ali served by transhipment over Jeddah. In addition Transmar operates the UPG service, which connects Adabiya with Jeddah, Jebel Ali, Port Khalifa, Dammam and Jubail.
Previously known as IACC Shipping, Transmar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IACC Holdings, formerly the IACC Group. As well as Transmar, the group comprises Safina Shipping Services, Transcargo International (TCI), and Transland International.