Canada States Africa Line (CSAL) announced the addition of the ports of Houston, TX and New Orleans, LA to its service. M/V Atlantic Runner performed the first port call in the US Gulf. The regular servicing terminals for the line at the Port of Houston and New Orleans will be Manchester Terminal and Pacorini Terminal respectively. The Ports of Houston and New Orleans are known as major centers for international trade. A combination of highways and rail connections link Houston with inland US and Canadian markets while New Orleans provides a convenient access to the American Midwest via the inland waterway system.
Both ports are well equipped to handle a multitude of cargoes making them an excellent choice for the movement of goods. CSAL’s sailings out of the US Gulf Coast will also be calling Walvis Bay, Namibia directly on the inbound South African voyage leg. Port rotation is planned as follows: New Orleans-Houston-Walvis Bay-Cape Town-Durban-Richards Bay.
CSAL was established in March 2008. Initially the service covered the ports of Montreal, Baltimore, Walvis Bay, Cape Town, Durban, Richards Bay and employed two Astrakhan Mark III type ships. In September 2008 the port of Savannah was added to the rotation and in the last few months the fleet was expanded to four modern multipurpose tween-deckers.