UML and SaDi Chartering launch Atlantic-based multipurpose service
United Marguisa Lines (UML), belonging to Marguisa Shipping Lines, a shipping company of the Spanish Sea & Ports group, has established a new Atlantic basin-focused multipurpose service.
The service, named Marguisa Atlantic is a result of the conversations between UML and SaDi Chartering about the current and future demand of the shipping market and how we can contribute to a further improvement in the supply chain within the multipurpose sector, particularly for those customers involved in the trade of bulk, general and project cargo.
The new company is headed by managing directors Sander Menten and Dirk de Bruin, together having more than 50 years’ experience in the various sectors of the shipping industry.
“We have a long road ahead, with many opportunities and challenges, but with the support of our partners and friends, we feel confident that can be an important addition to the group and expand further within the Atlantic Basin, where the focus will be on the geared vessels between 5.000 – 55.000 mt dwat”, says Francisco Durán, managing director of UML.
Durán remarks that the startup of Marguisa Atlantic confirms the long-run commitment of UML and SaDi Chartering within the Atlantic basin and particularly with the development of its multipurpose activities for the bulk, breakbulk and project cargo industry. “We commit to continue providing the Atlantic market with innovative and high-quality sea transport solutions that facilitate the daily activities of all our customers,” he says.
The establishment of a new brand follows, Sea & Ports’s acquisition of a stake in the NAL Maroc Maritime Agency, located in Morocco, which bases its main activity on representing HMM shipping company in that country.
As Sea & Ports group is already the exclusive representative of this shipping company in Spain and Portugal, the participation in NAL Maroc – with headquarters in Casablanca and presence in Tangiers and Agadir, represents a continuation of the strategy that the group has been carrying out during the last decades: to increase its strength on the African continent as well as the interest in being a relevant player in the traffic in the Strait of Gibraltar.
In this way, in addition to supporting HMM and increasing market share in national and international traffic, as of June 1, NAL Maroc will also be appointed to represent Marguisa Shipping Lines. This fact seeks to increase the presence in Morocco’s traffic with West Africa, thus achieving a double objective that translates into the optimisation of services and the increase in profits.