Safmarine names second newly-built MPV vessel

Safmarine_MPVSafmarine’s second newly-built, owned multi-purpose vessel (MPV), the Safmarine Sahara, was officially named at a recent ceremony in Savannah, Georgia, US

The vessel, built at the Wuhu Xinlian Shipyard in China in 2010, is currently deployed on Safmarine’s MPV trade between North America and West Africa. Anita Edmondson, Director of International Logistics at M-I SWACO, had the honour of naming the vessel.

“I am delighted to be the Godmother of this new vessel, which is a symbol of Safmarine’s long-term commitment to the MPV trade and to supporting our business,” she said.

SCL’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Rob Harrison, said, “MPV is a Safmarine differentiator and our investment in new vessels not only allows us to meet our customer’s requirements and partner more closely with them, but it also tells them we are here to make the difference and that we are prepared to invest in making that difference.”

Edmondson, and Safmariner, Pilar Maurial, also chose to celebrate the naming of the new vessel, by donating a total of US$4,500 to charity. The naming of the new MPV vessel coincided with the delivery of Safmarine’s first new WAF MAX container vessel, the Safmarine Chilka.

“The Safmarine Chilka is the first of three new containerships in our colours and livery this year,” said Grant Daly, Safmarine CEO. “All three vessels have been purpose-built for the trade with Africa and are examples of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group’s commitment to growing both the Safmarine brand and the trade with Africa.”

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