Africa Ocean Lines Getting First N e w Containerships From East German Shipyard

Africa Ocean Lines (AOL), the fast-growing, non-conference liner company, marked its first anniversary recently by revealing that it is soon to become a shipowner in its own right. The company has signed a contract worth approximately $20 million for the delivery of two 17,600-dwt multipurpose ships from a yard in East Germany.

The new vessels, to be named Binta Yar'Adua and Atinuke Abiola, each have a container capacity of 930 TEUs and are being built at the East German yard of VEB Schiffswerft Neptun Rostock. The first ship was launched at the end of July, and is scheduled for delivery at the end of this month. The second was launched at the end of October and will go into service at the end of March, 1986. When both ships are in operation, AOL will offer a regular full container service to shippers of one sailing North Europe-West Africa every 21 days.

Both vessels will fly the Nigerian flag, following the Nigerian Government's recent announcement that it had made AOL a national-flag carrier.

The two ships are of a new design capable of loading and unloading containers in ports that have no shoreside cranes or where cranage is inadequate. They will be equipped with three 40-ton cranes, which when combined will be able to lift up to 75 tons.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 9,  Nov 1985

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