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Safmarine MPV eyes growth in US market
Multi-purpose shipping line Safmarine MPV is determined to grow its US heavylift, project cargo and breakbulk cargo business and has taken important steps to support its growth ambitions.
According to Safmarine MPV’s managing director, Jorg Knuttel:
“2013 has been a significant year for Safmarine MPV which started with the AP Moller-Maersk Group’s decision to establish the Safmarine MPV business as a separate and independent business unit within the Group, complete with its own dedicated third party agency network.
“Following the appointment of Norton Lilly International to represent Safmarine MPV as our third-party agents in the US, the logical next step – in view of the importance of the US-West Africa trade to our business – was to move our management team closer to the business.”
Safmarine MPV’s commercial director, Randy Jameson, relocated from Safmarine MPV’s headquarters in Antwerp to his new base in Houston, where he was joined by industry veteran, George Janssen, previously with SE Shipping, Beluga Chartering, Jumbo Shipping and GenChart, as the new Safmarine MPV line manager for the US East Coast & Gulf to West Africa service.
The new Safmarine MPV US team was also out in full force at the recent Breakbulk Conference in New Orleans held at the end of September.
According to Knuttel, “Breakbulk Americas is an important meeting place for the key players in the heavylift, project cargo and traditional breakbulk market and the event provided the perfect opportunity for Safmarine MPV to introduce our new US management team.
“The event theme of ‘Seeking supply chain stability in uncertain times‘ also complemented the strengths of Safmarine MPV which, as a member of the vast AP Moller-Maersk Group, is able to offer the industry a consistent, reliable and stable service.
“Many of the world’s leading names in the project cargo business have trusted Safmarine MPV to ship their cargoes from A to B and our intention is to build on this proud heritage by building an even bigger and more stable Safmarine MPV into the future.”
Deploying a dedicated fleet of multipurpose vessels, Safmarine MPV connects the US, Europe and South Africa with the main oil and gas ports along the West Africa coastline. The company’s specialized multipurpose vessels are purpose-built to carry project and break bulk cargoes and are also able to load containers. Safmarine MPV currently offers four breakbulk services to West Africa, two from Europe, one from the US East Coast and one from South Africa.
Flying the Safmarine MPV flag at Breakbulk Americas were, from left to right, George Janssen, Randy Jameson, Scott Bitely, Susan Castaing and Jorg Knuttel. Not pictured but part of the Safmarine MPV Houston team is Janet Grubbs. Flying the Safmarine MPV flag at Breakbulk Americas were, from left to right, George Janssen, Randy Jameson, Scott Bitely, Susan Castaing and Jorg Knuttel. Not pictured but part of the Safmarine MPV Houston team is Janet Grubbs.
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