Safmarine, DAL to end joint venture
After 11 years Safmarine Container Lines and Deutsche Afrika-Linien have “mutually agreed” to terminate their SAFDAL joint venture on Oct. 31.
DAL, part of Hamburg’s Rantzau Group, and Safmarine, a subsidiary of the Danish group A.P. Moller – Maersk, established SAFDAL in 1997 to represent their commercial interests in the trade between North Europe and Southern Africa, and latterly North Europe and the Canary Islands. The joint venture had management teams in Hamburg and Cape Town supporting a network of agencies.
Both lines will continue as members of the Southern Africa Europe Container Service (SAECS) consortium alongside Maersk Line and MOL.
“However, each line will in the future market their own brands and will be represented in all European and southern African countries by their own Agency organizations,” Safmarine and DAL said in a joint statement.