Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to become a hub port for the large scale concentration of containers for subsequent onward distribution

Boluda Lines, the marine cargo transport division of Boluda Corporación Marítima, has announced a reorganisation of its coastal shipping routes between Peninsular Spain, the Canary Islands and West Africa. This restructuring of the cargo shipping routes means that, from this month on, all export cargoes for West Africa will be concentrated at the port of Las Palmas, which will act from now on as a container trans-shipment port, thus becoming a hub port which will subsequently distribute these large numbers of containers to the parts of Africa that are within its zone of influence, by means of feeder vessels. Thus the feeder vessel Macarena B will provide a weekly link between Morocco (Agadir) and Las Palmas, and between Las Palmas and Arrecife de Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. At the same time the Africa B will cover the West Africa international route which will serve Mauritania and Senegal.

Boluda Lines has carried out this reorganisation with a view to increasing the efficiency of the connections with the African continent, reducing the number of stopovers of the larger ships and speeding up deliveries by optimising shipping links with the Peninsula.

Boluda Lines has been working in the area of West Africa since 2000, and has made substantial investments in physical and human resources. With a fast and effective fleet composed of thirteen vessels, the division currently operates ten commercial routes linking the Iberian Peninsula with the Balearic and Canary Islands and the west coast of Africa. Its container ships and ro-los (which also allow the transport of wheeled vehicles) moved 314,000 TEUs of cargo in 2007.