The multipurpose shipping company Safmarine MPV is seeking to grow its U.S. heavy-lift, project cargo and breakbulk cargo business.
“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," said the company's managing director, Jorg Knuttel, in a statement.
“Following the appointment of Norton Lilly International to represent Safmarine MPV as our third-party agents in the U.S., the logical next step – in view of the importance of the U.S.-West Africa trade to our business – was to move our management team closer to the business,” he added.
Safmarine MPV’s commercial director, Randy Jameson, relocated from Safmarine MPV’s headquarters in Antwerp to 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 U.S. East and Gulf coasts-to-West Africa service.
Safmarine has a dedicated fleet of multipurpose vessels that connect the United States, 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 breakbulk cargoes and are also able to load containers. Safmarine MPV currently offers four breakbulk services to West Africa, two from Europe, one from the U.S. East Coast and one from South Africa.