African Independent Coastal Services (AICS) and ZIM Integrated Shipping services Ltd., have signed a deal in which AICS will transport containers along the Tema-Takoradi shipping route for ZIM.
The deal is considered to be strategic as the feeder service operated by AICS will be complementing ZIM’s operations in Ghana. AICS is owner and operator of M/V Adobia, a TEU650 multi-purpose cargo vessel.
The company’s feeder service currently operates a schedule at the Tema and Takoradi Ports and is looking to commence calls to Abidjan in a few weeks.
Cargo volumes in Africa are expected to grow by close to 10 per cent in 2013 with Ghana’s contribution considered to be key due to the country’s rising trade volumes and sound economic growth.
Analysts forecast that the Takoradi port alone will handle in the region of TEU 70,000 in 2013.