The UAL Africa is the newest vessel that will be added to the current 16 modern, multi-purpose geared vessels of Universal Africa Lines on September 23rd. The christening in Delfzijl (The Netherlands) will be performed by Mrs Francien Koek, the wife of UAL director Jac Koek.
The UAL Africa was built in The Netherlands and is special because of the application of the Groot Cross-Bow® an innovative bow shape with wave piercing abilities. Because of the innovative bow shape the vessel will have less slamming and will easier maintain its speed comparing to more conventional bow shapes with bow flare. Because of this, energy will be saved and therefore less fuel oil will be burned, which results in reduction of the CO2 output.
On her maiden trip she will sail from Aberdeen via Antwerp to various destinations eg Takoradi, Lobito and Soyo in West Africa.
Universal Africa Lines has been offering a regular liner service into West Africa from Europe, USA and South Africa for over 30 years. Recently the activities have been expanded by an East Africa service. The new trade lane is designed to extend the connecting services from the US, West Africa and SA into the East African markets, and will focus on the line’s niche market in the oil and gas industry.
The UAL Africa is the first new vessel added to the fleet and her sister UAL Bodewes will follow in February 2012. Please find hereafter an impression of the UAL Africa.
For more information please contact:
Kestrel Liner Agencies Limited, Aberdeen
Mr John Clark
UK Sales Director