OT Africa appoints HK agent
OT Africa Line (OTAL) has appointed Hong Kong Maritime Co its agent in the territory, as part of its plans to establish global links to and from West Africa.
Agents have also been appointed in seven other Far Eastern countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines.
The move was prompted by increasing interest from Asian exporters and sustained changes in West African sourcing patterns.
OTAL, which has connecting carrier agreements with several major shipping lines, now offers weekly departures from 14 leading Asian ports and, via Northern Europe, serves no less than 13 ports along the West African coast from Mauritania to Cameroon.
According to OTAL marketing manager Paul Page, initial interest in the service has been strong.
'Shippers appreciate dealing with an established carrier that is familiar with the West African market,' he said.
'OTAL has 20 years of experience in West African trade, and we are very much regional specialists.'