Houston adds a regular UAL service to West Africa
The Port of Houston has announced that Universal Africa Lines (UAL) will add a call at Houston’s City Docks to its U.S. Gulf/Mexico to West Africa liner service. UAL is a conventional ocean transportation carrier that specialises in handling project cargo, breakbulk and containers.
The first vessel, the MV MarMalaita, called on July 10, and UAL will offer two to three sailings per month direct from Houston to West Africa. “The company specialises in servicing the oil and gas industry and tailoring logistics solutions for clients shipping to difficult areas. UAL also has a fleet of more than 4,000 containers including reefers, high cubes, open tops and flat racks with the ability to provide a multitude of shipping options including door-to-door service,” the port stated.
“Port Houston is excited about our new partnership with UAL and that they are entrusting us with their services here at the port’s city docks,” said Dominic Sun, Director of Trade Development for Port Houston. “We look forward to working with UAL in providing them, along with their ultimate customers, with the best customer experience possible here at Port Houston.”
Port Houston said having a dedicated laydown area for project cargoes and berth availability, were key factors in securing the service, noting that “this is particularly important considering the multitude of UAL’s cargoes that range from helicopters to subsea trees.”
“UAL is grateful for the partnership we have been able to establish with Port Houston and thank everyone involved for their efforts during this transition; we are looking forward to a long-lasting relationship that offers growth potential for UAL,” said Dianna Knight, President UAL America. “UAL America, on behalf of Universal Africa Lines, will continue to provide the paramount level of customer service that our clients have grown accustomed to; we are confident this move will help with our vessel turnaround time while operating in a safe environment.”