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Grimaldi to resume Southern Express Service in Amsterdam

The Italian shipping company Grimaldi Lines will once again be using the USA terminal of Ter Haak Group in Amsterdam as the first unloading port in its Southern Express Service. On Friday 13 May Port of Amsterdam welcomed the first ship of this liner service at Ter Haak’s.

In addition to the Central Express Service this will be Grimaldi’s second liner service to call upon the USA at Amsterdam’s Amerikahaven. Grimaldi already has launched five ships on the Southern Express Service. On Friday the newly built ship called Grande Togo reached Ter Haak. Due to this ‘maiden call’ captain Antonio Graziani received the traditional port shield from Michael van Toledo, Commercial Manager Containers at the Port of Amsterdam.

In 2009 Antwerp was still the only direct port of call of the Southern Express Service in the Benelux region. From now on Amsterdam will once again be the first loading/unloading port. Following Hamburg, Tilbury and Antwerp the multipurpose ConRo ships of this service will be heading for southern destinations in West Africa such as the Angolan port of Luanda, Pointe Noire (Congo-Brazzaville) and Douala (Cameroon). The ships will be carrying containers, timber, RoRo, break bulk and project cargoes. The Dutch agent is Broekman Motorships. - Anja Vonk / Milli Lagerweij

Left to right Jan Flach (Broekman Motorships), Capt. Antonio Graziani (Grimaldi), Michael van Toledo (Port of Amsterdam) and Richard ter Haak

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