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MILLION TONS LAST YEAR - CONTI-HORIZON LINE increases metal cargo flow through Odesa port in the direction of the countries of the African continent

According to the main dispatching office of the Odesa branch of the State Enterprise ‘Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority’ (the OB SE ‘USPA’), 4.6 million tons of metal products were transshipped through the port berths last year. Every fifth ton of this volume was shipped to the countries of the west and south-west coast of Africa by the vessels of the overseas line, CONTI-HORIZON LINE.


The Ukrainian company UNITED MARIN GROUP LLC coordinates the schedule for servicing the fleet of the specified line at Odesa port and ensures the readiness of consignments of various customers. According to Ekaterina Kokhanova, deputy head of the company, due to the rapid population growth and also high rates of urbanization, sub-Saharan Africa continues to be one of the most promising market outlets for Ukrainian rolled metal products.


‘Compared with 2018, our partners increased the volume of metal products transported from Odesa port to the African countries over the past year by 15 percent: from 840 thousand tons to 1.010 million tons’, says E. Kokhanova. ‘Of course, this success is largely due to the speed and quality of ship handling at the port terminals.That is why Odesa has been the base port on the Black Sea for the CONTI-HORIZON LINE for more than 10 years. It is here that the formation of metal products consignments of Ukrainian production, as well as transit from Belarus and Moldova for shipment to the ports of Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Cameroon, Benin, Ghana, and other countries ...


As the head of UNITED MARIN GROUP LLC further noted, as for now, metal products of domestic producers ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih PJSC, Azovstal smelter, Ilyich Mariupol smelter, Zaporizhstal PJSC, and DMK PJSC Belarusian Metallurgical Plant JSC are shipped through Odesa port to the African direction. Products of these plants are shipped through berths operated by the stevedoring companies Novoteh Terminal LLC, Novolog LLC, Metalsukrain Corp. Ltd. LLC and UNSC LLC. Last year, vessels of the CONTI-HORIZON LINE moored in Odesa port 34 times (in 2018, 31). Two calls were conducted in January, this year.


Reference. Founded in 1923, Conti-Lines (headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium) has become a cornerstone of a powerful group that occupies one of the leading positions in the structure of global shipping. Currently, Conti-Lines offers its customers and partners 9 regular lines and a dense network of routes covering all parts of the world except Australia. This allows us to rightfully call it a global line operator.