Press Release: Friday, March 13, 2009 at 10:00 am Central Europe Time
Delmas/CMA CGM new service to Onne
Onne ‐ Port Harcourt, Nigeria ‐ Delmas, the CMA CGM Group subsidiary expert in the African
trade, announced they will offer a new call at the West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) in
Onne, as part of their feeder service which currently connects Abidjan to Bata and Malabo.
Delmas has deployed a dedicated feeder, MV Delmas Anemone, which will operate between
Abidjan and WACT on a regular basis.
Strategically located as the closest gateway to the fast growing Eastern Nigerian markets, WACT
will benefit from the worldwide service network of Delmas/CMA CGM Group. Several CMA
CGM vessels, deployed on services from all continents, have a weekly call at Abidjan, where
their volumes are discharged and transshipped via feeder services bound for the western coast
of Africa, including the Delmas service linking Abidjan to Onne.
The local container market served by WACT is estimated to be 150,000 TEU of which 80,000
TEU moves through other ports. Improved service delivery and proximity to important markets
such as Aba, Nnewi & Onitscha and greater Port Harcourt region have helped WACT increase its
market share over the past few years. WACT handled 72,000 TEU in 2008 which was a 34%
increase over the previous year. With the Delmas/CMA CGM service, WACT expects to see
further improvement in its market share.
Importers in Eastern Nigeria have expressed confidence in WACT Onne to take advantage of
significant savings in on‐carriage costs to the Eastern Nigerian markets as compared to Lagos.
Equally important, WACT operates out of one secure yard ensuring the safety and security of
cargo while saving customers’ inland container depot transfer costs and time to clear the goods.
The new Delmas/CMA CGM service is expected to satisfy the strong demand for more carriers
to call at WACT. Brian Fuggle, Managing Director of WACT says, “We’re proud to