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03 Executive Letter by Jan Willem de Braal

04 The NileDutch Story Because people are our greatest asset

06 The NileDutch New Builds Visiting the Shanghai Shipyard

09 Regional News New terminal in Antwerp Shipping line of the year in Portugal

10 Feet on the Street Africa: the continent of the future

12 Customer Story NileDutch: The Chinese Connection

14 Brand Essentials Day Worldwide introduction of our Brand Essentials

16 Person in the Picture Introducing Gaston Nsangu Democratic Republic of Congo

18 NileDutch Cocktail Parties Ivory Coast, Brazil, Portugal and South Africa

20 Taking a closer look A picture says 1,000 words

22 A NileDutch partner Kings Rest Container Park

24 Regional News Angolan Minister of Transport visits NileDutch New offices in China and Singapore

25 Contact Details 27 Follow NileDutch on Social Media 27 Contributors

Cover picture: Julio Mondin NileDutch Brazil Picture on page 2 and 3: South Atlantic Ocean


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03 jan WiLLeM De braaL !

Dear Friends, Although we are now well into 2014 I would still like to wish you all a happy and productive year, full of challenges and opportunities, positive experiences and good working partnerships.

new NileDutch vessels, winning the ‘Shipping Line of the Year’ award for the Portugal-Africa trade category and details of the new terminal in Antwerp.

Issue three is full of news, events, people and stories from around the world. Our main story highlights the importance we attach to our people, including the ways we share knowledge and experience to improve and personalise our services and our working relationships with both our customers and our stakeholders.

Plus an interview with Gaston Nsangu, Shipping Manager for NileDutch in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a glimpse into NileDutch South Africa and a customer story from China that highlights the growing importance of the trade between China and Africa.

We have recently won a prestigious award at the Cannes film festival. Unfortunately there weren’t any Hollywood stars in sight, but we were still proud to walk away with a Silver Dolphin in the Corporate Movie Category at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards. Read more on page 20. Another highlight was our worldwide Brand Essentials Day (see page 14). Brand essentials reflect the values and beliefs that our company incorporates in everything that it does. The day was an effective, and fun, opportunity to familiarise every NileDutcher with our brand essentials: Africa, Personal, Accessible and Reliable. This issue also includes a depot specialist giving his view on the situation in South Africa, an update about the four


I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the magazine, including Anny Xu, General Manager of Greenroad, Wayne Lambson, Managing Director of Kings Rest Container Park, and my fellow NileDutchers: Johan de Graaf, Kevin Moodley, Gaston Nsangu, Rachel Zhang, Luc Geerts, Manuel Costa, Larissa N’gbo and Johan Pastoor. We have received many positive comments about the new languages in which we now publish The Africa Connection and would like to thank you for your support. We always enjoy hearing from our readers, so please don’t hesitate to contact us: We hope you will enjoy both reading The Africa Connection and doing business with NileDutch.

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04 NileDutchers Because people are our greatest asset Our people, the NileDutchers you speak to everyday as well as the many more behind the scenes, are an indispensible part of our company. Without their dedication, passion and ambition to improve, we wouldn’t be able to offer the level of service that our customers receive every day. NileDutch is continuously looking for ways to support NileDutchers around the world, including training, education, fact-finding trips, customer interactions and conferences. Read on for more details of two recent examples of how NileDutch supports its greatest asset.


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The NileDutch


05 jOHan PaStOOr !

FACT-FINDING IN ANGOLA A couple of months ago I joined a large group of NileDutchers from around the world – Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, India, the Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa and United Arab Emirates – travelled to Angola for a fact-finding trip. In addition to touring the ports of Lobito and Luanda, the group visited factories of local customers, the Expotrans 2013 trade fair and a major Chinese house construction project (Reconstruction Angola). There were also productive workshops to help everyone learn more about Angola and the importance of the Angolan market, as well as improving cooperation between NileDutch offices worldwide. NILEDUTCH ACADEMY The first year of the NileDutch Academy saw NileDutchers from the Antwerp and Rotterdam offices meeting up regularly to learn about how their departments and teams could help shape our future success. The 13 participants incorporated a good combination of key players and talents, veterans and newcomers, managers and employees from most NileDutch departments. Like NileDutch’s strategic development itself, the program didn’t follow a straight line from A to B, but adopted actual opportunities that followed the rhythm of the company’s development. A joint journey, not a guided tour. Focussing on strategic mind-set and soft skills, the main topics were the NileDutch vision and strategy, branding & marketing communications, personal leadership, project management, change management and cross cultural management. A variety of approaches and methods was used including external speakers, strategic models, workshops, buddy duos, mood boards, self assessments and ‘a day with ...’, allowing participants to meet a NileDutch director in an unusual way. During the final Academy session the participants were invited to show their strategic knowledge in a ‘Strategy update meeting with NileDutch stakeholders’ role-play. In this learning exercise the ‘stand-in board members’ presented a very plausible and


Port of Lobito

credible strategic update and showed confidence in answering all kinds of stakeholders questions. We learned from this that a proper strategy is not a complex scientific concept but reflects a fine, simple and binding story, founded on everyday experiences. The group did not need a ‘masters voice’ to present themselves as fine NileDutch ambassadors. Another parallel part of the program was a team assignment. COO Jan-Willem de Braal invited the Academy group to come up with a proposal on ‘how to live the brand’. In other words, how do we match our internal communication, cooperation, attitudes and behaviours to the NileDutch external brand? The participants presented their findings and proposals to NileDutch senior management as part of the official closing of the first Academy. The learning results included a strengthened strategic mind-set, a company wide overview on the business and organisation, cross-departmental insight, extra cross-cultural awareness and a strong collegial network. All of these fine and indispensable results will enable us to maintain great service and flexibility while growing rapidly at the same time. After every training experience, we evaluate its pros and cons and decide how effective it’s been. Our experience has shown that fact-finding trips are always productive, improving working relationships throughout our organisation. 

JOHAN PASTOOR After graduating in Communications Studies, Johan worked for several years at communications consultancies. In the late 1990s he went across to the other side and fulfilled various communications roles with international businesses. Johan joined NileDutch as Communications Manager in June 2013, with over 20 years’ experience of corporate communications.

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Visiting the Shanghai Shipyard With the construction of the four new NileDutch vessels now underway, I spend a lot of time at Shanghai Shipyard, overseeing the building process to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Let’s take the opportunity to follow the NileDutch vessels through the shipyard.


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The NileDutch


07 jOHan De GraaF !


SHANGHAI SHIPYARD For over 145 years, the state-owned China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has built and repaired vessels for domestic and foreign owners at sites along the Chinese coast. One part of CSSC is Shanghai Shipyard Co. Ltd., which has built over 500 vessels since 1949. In May 2005, CSSC moved Shanghai Shipyard to its present location on the south shore of Chongming Island at the mouth of the Yangtze River. Covering an area of 1.8 million m2, Shanghai Shipyard has 2,784 m of quays, a slipway for vessels up to 100,000 tonnes, two floating docks (for vessels of 35,000 and 80,000 tonnes) and two floating docks for ship repairs (for vessels of 40,000 and 100,000 tonnes). In total, over 10,000 people work at the shipyard in design, administration, logistics and production.

After studying to be a Maritime Mechanical Engineer, Johan joined the Dutch Navy for three years. Since then, he has worked on new buildings, ship maintenance and operational management in the fishing industry. Johan joined NileDutch in August 2012 and is in charge of the project management of the new NileDutch vessels.

THE NILEDUTCH NEW BUILD VESSELS Currently the NileDutch vessels are in different stages and locations in the shipyard. Starting with the last of the four vessels to start construction, here is where the vessels can be currently found in the shipyard:

Main engine of the NileDutch Dordrecht (vessel 2)

Stern of the the NileDutch Dordrecht

Progress of the NileDutch Dordrecht

Front view of the NileDutch Dordrecht

A look into (a part of) the engine room of the NileDutch Dordrecht

Progress of the NileDutch Rotterdam


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08 Progress of the NileDutch Rotterdam (vessel 3)

Erection of accommodation from the NileDutch Dordrecht

NileDutch Breda (vessel 1)

NileDutch Breda

NileDutch Breda

Progress of the NileDutch Rotterdam

NileDutch Breda

Block construction for vessel four is currently underway at the main shipyard at Chongming Island, while this stage is almost over for vessels three and two. The hull of vessel three is now being assembled in the main shipyard in Chongming while the hull of vessel two is under construction on the shipyard in Puxi, near the centre of Shanghai. From Chongming, the blocks for vessel two are transported by barge to the dry dock in Puxi, around 50 km from the main shipyard, for assembly.

the vessel and preparing it for sea trials that are estimated for the middle of March.

Vessel one is currently located at the outfitting quay on the shipyard at Chongming Island. The vessel was launched in October 2013 after which the main engine was installed and the superstructure placed on the ship. Presently the shipyard is outfitting

It’s now February 2014. It won’t be long until the first vessel leaves the shipyard ready to undertake her maiden voyage and deliver her first container. It’s going to be a busy couple of months, but I know the end result will be worth the wait. 


The last step before each vessel is declared ready for her maiden voyage is a three-day sea trial. Crewed by experienced sailors, equipment technicians and commissioning engineers, each vessel will be put through her paces to ensure full seaworthiness and proper operation of all installed equipment.

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New terminal in Antwerp Luc GeertS !

The first NileDutch containers on the terminal of IMT (Antwerp, Belgium)

2014 and we’re on the move! As a main hub and direct loading port for the WEWA service, the port of Antwerp plays an important role in the NileDutch liner service to West Africa.

Constantly seeking to improve its service level, NileDutch has switched its loading berth in the port of Antwerp. From January 2014, our vessels will be operated at IMT berth 242 on the right bank instead of at Katoen Natie berth 1227. The first call at berth 242 (UCE) was mv NILEDUTCH DURBAN (voy. 11039A) on January 7th. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Katoen Natie for their valuable work and support for many years. We wish them all the best. 

Shipping line of the year ManueL cOSta !

Manuel Costa, NileDutch Portugal Helena Gomes Fernandes, Port of Leixoes

NileDutch won Best Shipping Line operating in the Portugal-Africa trade category in the 2013 Cargo Awards from Transportes & Negóci-

This is the fourth time NileDutch has won this prestigious award, and the first time since non-roro era when we became an exclusive container vessel operator. Our weekly service from Portugal to West Africa is just one of the reasons our customers have recognised our service improvements to award us this honour. 

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10 Africa: the continent of the future It’s been a few years since the start of the global economic crisis and while most countries and regions are starting to show signs of recovery, others are doing their best to push ahead as if the crisis had never happened. Africa, and South Africa in particular, is one of these fortunate regions according to Kevin Moodley, Branch Manager, NileDutch South Africa.

› Capetown, South Africa


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Feet on

THE STREET The African continent is finally brushing off the negative reputation that tarnished it for years. Replacing it is a reputation as a young and vibrant continent, full of opportunities for those ready to make the most of them. “Africa is virtually untapped in the global economy. Pretty much any mineral, gas, oil or agricultural product that your heart desires can be found in abundance in Africa,” says Kevin. “Africa will become an increasingly vital supplier for the world’s demands, unless, of course, other means can be found to quench the thirst the world has for such commodities. But that’s not likely to happen any time soon.”


“As part of the global NileDutch network, we can rely on the knowledge, experience and contacts of our colleagues around the world to assist us and our customers as necessary,” says Kevin. “For example, some of our customers have had problems with storage charges in Angola. Our colleagues at NileDutch Angola helped our customer to find a solution that was beneficial to all parties, including the port authorities at the destination port. This helped to reduce the customer’s storage costs considerably.”

South Africa has a special place within Africa. Seen as a firstworld economy, South Africa has benefited from the positive changes implemented by past and present leaders. These changes have encouraged substantial and continued investment that, in turn, has helped the country to sustain its growing economy and its position in the continent. Successfully hosting events such as the 2010 World Cup have only added to South Africa’s standing on the world stage.

Other issues that often spring to mind when thinking about shipping to Africa include poor infrastructure and port congestion. “These problems are slowly becoming part of the past and that’s where they will remain. In the meantime, NileDutch implements creative workarounds where possible,” says Kevin. “Africa’s mineral wealth has encouraged major infrastructure investments, which are beginning to alleviate certain congestion issues, but these projects take time to complete. The end result will improve the quality of conducting business in Africa.”

NileDutch South Africa is well placed to help local and international companies make the most of the opportunities offered by the African continent. As an integral part of the Far East - West Africa trade route, NileDutch South Africa has seen tremendous growth over the last few years.

NileDutch South Africa’s customers are full of positive stories and comments about the professional and personal service they receive from the NileDutch South Africa teams in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Some of these testimonials can be found on the NileDutch website.

“We pride ourselves in having a very diverse customer base. Our customers range from small freight forwarders to the country’s leading and largest manufacturers and producers, who import and export a wide range of commodities,” explains Kevin. “This means that we have the knowledge and in-house expertise to help our customers transport their goods safely and with every confidence.”

The future of NileDutch South Africa, like the future of Africa itself, looks bright. As Kevin says, “NileDutch South Africa is ready for Africa to take its position on the world stage as the continent of the future. Are you ready too?” 

anch Manager, Kevin Moodley, Br rica Af uth So h NileDutc


NileDutch Capetown office

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NileDutch: The Chinese Connection Since the first official bilateral SinoAfrican trade agreement was signed in the late 1950s, trade between the two parties has rapidly grown, with trade volumes reaching US$1 billion in 1980, US$10 billion in 2000 and US$114 billion in 2010, making China the African continent’s largest economic partner.

› Anny Xu, General Manager of Greenroad


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Rachel Zhang, Sales Executive, NileDutch Shanghai


Greenroad Team

One company that has been greatly involved in Sino-African trade for the last 15 years is the Shanghai Greenroad International Logistics Co. Ltd. As a diversified international logistics company and a national first-level cargo agency approved by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, Greenroad has offices throughout China as well as in ports in Africa. Greenroad has been a satisfied NileDutch customer since 2006 when NileDutch first started sailing from China, with regular shipments heading to Angola, Congo, Gabon and Cameroon.

their containers to be released quickly at the port of destination, while others say they have more flexibility when collecting their containers thanks to the fast transit times we offer. Either way, we do our best to accommodate every request.”

“The African continent is an interesting place to work,” says Anny Xu, General Manager of Greenroad. “I have returned from a three-month tour of customers in West Africa and I know that, by working with NileDutch, our future in Africa is going to continue to go well. During my trip I heard numerous customers praise the transport from China to Africa. Customers told me that NileDutch plays a considerable role in reducing time and saving costs for them. They praised both NileDutch and Greenroad. While I enjoyed hearing praise for Greenroad, I realised that the reputation Greenroad enjoys in Africa is actually due to NileDutch.”

“In today’s highly competitive shipping industry, it is essential to think and work alongside customers to find solutions that fit with their expectations and needs,” concludes Rachel. “We try and make shipping as easy and as straightforward as possible for both Greenroad and their customers, ensuring a smooth and productive working relationship for both sides.” 

“We know we can count on NileDutch,” states Anny. “They have a talent for finding solutions which not only solve the immediate issue, but do so quickly and efficiently in a way that our customers appreciate.”

“I am very happy to hear about the positive feedback Anny received during her recent trip to Africa,” says Rachel Zhang, Sales Executive, NileDutch Shanghai. “Our aim has always been to provide every customer with the services they require at a competitive price. As an example, Greenroad’s customers appreciate our fast, direct services to West Africa. Some of these customers require


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14 Angola - Lobito

Argentina - Buenos Aires

Brazil - Santos Portugal - Porto

DRC - Kinshasa

Brazil - San


Nigeria - Lagos


Ivory Coast - Abidjan

China - Tianjin

Portugal - Lisboa

Portugal - Porto

Malaysia - Johor

China - Ningbo

United Arab Emirates - Dubai

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Brand Essentials 15


On December 10, 2013 we celebrated our NileDutch Worldwide Brand Essentials Day! The four brand essentials are strongly connected to the NileDutch culture. However these brand essentials needed to be properly introduced to the entire NileDutch community. This introduction started with the special organised Brand Essentials Day. NileDutchers around the world gave their own fun twist to celebrating this special day. OUR BRAND ESSENTIALS

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Brand essentials reect the values and beliefs that our company incorporates in everything that it does. Every NileDutch representative personifies these values. Our brand essentials will be repeated time and again so they become recognised, both internally and externally, as being the core elements of NileDutch.


Africa has always been part of the NileDutch DNA. With over thirty years of experience, we have the knowledge and flexibility to deal with the unexpected situations that make working in Africa so challenging and rewarding.


We value the personal connection between our customers and us as it gives us greater insight into what our customers need. This enables us to provide the services our customers require, whenever and wherever they need them.

Using our network of offices around the world we listen to our customers, answer their questions and offer solutions to any problems that occur.


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Our customers count on us to deliver a reliable schedule and quality service at competitive rates. We achieve this by striving for Operational Excellence in every aspect of our business. RELIABLE South Africa - Johannesburg


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Introducing Gaston Nsangu Democratic Republic of Congo Our West African offices are at the heart of our global network. Angola, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast ‌ and all play an essential role in connecting our customers with their customers. As Shipping Manager for DRC, Gaston Nsangu fully understands the importance of correctly transporting cargo on its long journeys to and from Africa.


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Person in the


“I’ve been working in shipping for over 30 years now. I first started at Comexas Afrique, the NileDutch agent in the DRC, back in 1997 but left in 2003 to work at a competitor. After a major disappointment with the competitor a few years later – they didn’t follow their global Standard Operating Procedures in the DRC – I was, luckily, able to return to Comexas Afrique. I was very grateful to my Manager, Jean-Michel Philippot, for accepting my return to Comexas. I still thank him a lot for his trust and his support. Since then, I have been in charge of the Shipping Department of Comexas Afrique and especially the NileDutch account.


In my own country, I feel disappointed about how things are managed. The DRC has a lot of natural and human resources. But there are still huge social and economic problems. So, to be optimistic, DRC remains a challenging country. To deal with all the difficulties we are facing, I would like to thank my wife, my main supporter. Together we have five children and three grandchildren as well as a beautiful life that we have built together. We have supported each other since our wedding in 1978 and I am sure we will continue to support each other until the end of our lives.” 

I enjoy working with NileDutch because of the way business is managed with much flexibility, reliability and a human touch. I also admire people committed to improving their society. Fifty years ago nobody would have thought that a black man could be President of the United States. And now it’s a reality. The success of Barack Obama will have a positive impact on people around the world and mainly in Africa. Matadi office


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NileDutch Cocktail parties

18 Ivory Coast

Date: 24 October 2013 Location: Abidjan

The launch of the Café-Cacao campaign and the official presentation of NileDutch by representative SIMAT.

1 - Marinus van den Berg (NileDutch Rotterdam) 2 - L-R: Nina Moulot (EOLIS), Peter Albeck (SIMAT), Stéphane Eholie (SIMAT) and Marinus van den Berg (NileDutch Rotterdam) 3 - Stéphane Eholie (Managing Director SIMAT)


Date: 31 October 2013 Location: Sao Paulo

NileDutch Brazil threw a party commemorating 10 years of the first NileDutch vessel, the NileDutch Kuito, arriving on the Brazilian coast to attend the newly created service to West Africa. The cocktail

party was held in honor of the 10th anniversary of the NileDutch service directly from Brazil to West Africa.

1 - L-R: Jorge Amador (NileDutch Brazil), Nestor Gurucharri (Abbey Sea Argentina), Agustina Garcia (Abbey Sea Argentina), Richard Kerr (Abbey Sea Argentina), Mr. van Aalst (President NileDutch), Marc Smulders (NileDutch Angola), Eduardo Finkler (NileDutch Brazil), Joao Nogueira (NileDutch Rotterdam) and Chaiane Viante (NileDutch Brazil) 2 - L-R: Cintia Siqueira (NileDutch Brazil), Gustavo Braga (Kuando Trading) and Renato Chepak (Kowalski) 3 - L-R: Rita Perdigao, Veronica Rolczak, Angela Martins, Ana Lucia Novoa and Thalita Santos (NileDutch Brazil team)


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19 Portugal

Date: 9 January 2014 Location: Lisboa

After two years without the traditional summer Sardine party in Lisbon, this event returned in 2014. On 9 January NileDutch held a cocktail dinatoire in a more intimate and sophisticated setting near the

Tagus river and with the beautiful Vasco da Gama Bridge in the background. Everyone enjoyed the convivial atmosphere and the opportunity to celebrate the bright future of NileDutch.

1 - L-R: Manuel Chaves (NileDutch Portugal), Cristina Varela (NileDutch Portugal), Jordi Trius (Marmedsa Group) and Anabela Silva (Wayfield) 2 - L-R: Alexandre Reis (Teixeira Duarte) and Elsa Clemente (Teixeira Duarte) with Ricardo Brandao (NileDutch Portugal) 3 - Nancy Vieira (Cape Verdean singer)

South Africa

Date: 30 January 2014 Location: Durban

NileDutch SA hosted its 12th annual cocktail party at the Hilton Hotel in Durban, South Africa on 30 January 2014.

Energetic dancers and a talented SA singer entertained the guests whilst they chatted, mingled and enjoyed the array of good food and drink. We heard from our guests that they enjoyed the party.

This enjoyable and elegant party was attended by around 170 guests such as importers, exporters and suppliers of NileDutch SA.

1 - L-R: Shreen Madray (AeroAqua), Haley Olivier (Barloworld), Chantel Nyers (Barloworld), Jenny Naicker (AeroAqua), Barbare Nzama (Barloworld) and Precious Nxumalo (Barloworld) 2 - Pravin Parsad (CEO NileDutch South Africa) 3 - NileDutch Misses


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20 A picture says 1,000 words If so, how many words is a movie worth? It’s easy enough for us to tell you that NileDutch is a reliable, personal and accessible container shipping line focused on Africa, but that’s just words. A picture – of our colleagues, of our ports, of our offices, or of our vessels – says so much more. And a movie takes it to the next stage.


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Taking a closer

LOOK rporate under Cannes Co Mister Kammel (Fo and o gb N’ mta, Larissa Awards), Ciska Ka Josephine Laclé

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In the spotlight

That’s why some time ago NileDutch decided to start up an international film and photography project: NileDutch - The Africa Connection. For over 12 months our work, customers and NileDutchers have been photographed and filmed.


This challenging project required extensive preparation: planning trips, booking hotels, meetings, interviews, equipment, etc. The Belgian production team worked closely with NileDutch personnel and customers at many locations and shot some impressive footage and photographs.

Our corporate movie NileDutch – The Africa Connection has won a coveted Silver Dolphin award in the category Corporate Film at the 2013 Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards.

Throughout the production period we received great cooperation from our customers, colleagues and authorities. We would like to thank them all! After the shooting period it took some time to edit the material to the NileDutch corporate movie. In addition to the corporate movie, we have now also released several country-specific movies and short testimonials. We feel we can be proud of the results. The corporate movie effectively presents our company, NileDutch – The Africa Connection. You can watch the corporate movie and the other movies on our website and YouTube. The photographers were also busy during the production period, and their work is now used on our website and in other NileDutch communications. The images and experience will serve as a source of inspiration for creating attractive communications in future to strengthen NileDutch’s branding worldwide. 


The Cannes Awards are a major industry event, attracting 719 entries from 40 countries. We are very proud of winning the Silver Dolphin award and of the enthusiastic support which our customers and personnel gave to the production of the movie. The movie not only introduces NileDutch and our brand essentials but also focuses on positive developments in Africa.

LARISSA N’GBO With a long background in shipping, Larissa N’gbo joined NileDutch in 1999. She spent many years focusing on the processes and procedures within the company before joining the Communications Department as a dedicated team member five years ago.

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22 Benefiting our customers Kings Rest Container Park South Africa plays an essential role in the NileDutch network. Containers from China, the Far East, India and the Middle East pass through Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town on their way to and from West Africa.


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23 jean LOuiS Menann-KOuaMÉ !

Ensuring that our customers’ containers have a smooth and quick journey through these busy ports requires the talents, experience and knowledge of NileDutchers around the world along with those of a range of South African companies: container parks and depots; container terminals; and storage facilities and warehouses.

handling equipment, including five new empty container handlers and a 46 ton reach stacker at the Bayhead depot. Even though these plans have only just been implemented we have already seen improvements in our operational efficiency and turnaround time, directly benefiting NileDutch and their customers.”

“Kings Rest Container Park is proud to have received boxes from the very first NileDutch vessel that stopped in South Africa back in February 2002,” says Wayne Lambson, Managing Director, Kings Rest Container Park. “Now, some 12 years later, Kings Rest remains NileDutch’s preferred depot in South Africa. We work hard to live up to the high standards that our partners and their customers expect.”

“We have more of a partnership with Kings Rest Container Park than a traditional supplier-customer relationship,” says Jason Perumal, National Equipment Control Manager, NileDutch South Africa. “Kings Rest Container Park provides us and our customers with a quick and cost-effective turnaround of units and we provide Kings Rest Container Park with a good level of throughput of units. It is definitely a mutually beneficial relationship – for Kings Rest Container Park, for NileDutch and for our customers.”

As part of the Penta Shipping Holdings Group, a group of companies specialised in the shipping industry, Kings Rest Container Park focuses on the empty depot function. Kings Rest Container Park employs over 100 people at their two depots: an 8,000-TEU capacity depot with a 24-hour service in Bayhead, Durban and a 4,000-TEU capacity depot in the middle of City Deep, Johannesburg’s main logistics area. A third depot, in Cape Town, is planned for 2014. The depots offer NileDutch and our customers a full logistics services chain, including storage, handling, repairs and transportation of full and empty containers. “Looking to the future, we’re planning a new depot in Cape Town and are currently expanding both our Bayhead and our City Deep depots to increase our future capacity,” Wayne continues. “And we’re just finishing up a major investment in our


Over the years, Kings Rest Container Park has changed and expanded its range of services to better serve NileDutch and their customers. “One example that springs to mind concerns flexi units for packing oil products,” says Wayne. “We now prepare NileDutch flexi units on site, mitigating the need for additional haulage, which in turn reduces costs and turnaround times of units and makes it easier for customers to pack according to their schedules.” “Our partnership with NileDutch has gone from strength to strength over the last decade, both from a professional and a personal point of view,” concludes Wayne. “I look forward to seeing what the future brings.” 

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Minister of transport visits NileDutch The Angolan Minister of Transport, Augusto Silva Tomas, paid a visit to the NileDutch booth during the third edition of Expotrans in Luanda, Angola, where he spoke to the Managing Director of NileDutch Angola, Marc Smulders.

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NileDutch Singapore

Room 01-02-03B-05B 27th Floor Hong Jia Tower No. 388 Fushan Road Pudong P +86 21 38657 800

61 Robinson Road #08-01 Singapore 068893 P +65 650 10760

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NileDutch Angola - Luanda Rua Alda Lara nº 25 Vila Alice, Rangel Luanda P + 244 227 326 980 E NileDutch Angola - Lobito Rua 25 de Abril n° 212, 1 Esq° Zona Comercial do Lobito (28) Lobito P +244 272 221 016 / 017 / 018 E NileDutch Angola - Cabinda Rua Irmao Evaristo S/N Cabinda P +244 231 224 095 E NileDutch Angola - Soyo Kwanda Base, Edifico da Sonangol Soyo P +244 923 581 003 E

NileDutch Brazil - Sao Francisco Do Sul Rua Babitonga, 71, Centro CEP 89240-000 SC Sao Francisco Do Sul P +55 47 3459 0182 E NileDutch Brazil - Rio de Janeiro Av. Rio Branco, 31, 21st Floor, Centro CEP 20090-003 RJ Rio de Janeiro P +55 21 2203 0031 E













ar NileDutch Cameroon itim e Rue direction Base Navale Carrefour Essengue, à Coté du Magasin 3T Douala P +237 334 23880 E

NileDutch Angola - Namibe Avenida Joaquim Morais Centro Comercial e Negócios Sagrada Esperança Namibe P +244 264 265 500 / 501 E




Abbey Sea Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 1720 2nd Floor, Suite “I” C1107AFJ Buenos Aires P +54 11 43120021 E

NileDutch China - Guangzhou Room 1807, Guangzhou International Electronics Tower No. 403 Huan Shi Road East Yuexiu District, Guangzhou P +86 20 8713 9396 E


NileDutch China - Ningbo Room 2803, Portman Plaza No. 48 North Cai Hong Road Ningbo P +86 574 8907 2002 E

Seanautic Marine Inc 20, Rue Saint-Paul Ouest Montreal QC H2Y 1Y7 P +1 514 287 1812 E

Democratic republic CONGO


Comexas Afrique s.p.r.l.-DRC West 15-17, Avenue Colonel, Ebeya Building Bracongo, 4 Etage Kinshasa P +243 99 99 08 920 E

Supermaritime Ghana Ltd Industrial Area, Community 1 New Town, Tema P +233 303 202874 / 202036 E HONG KONG

Comexas Afrique s.p.r.l.-DRC West 6, Avenue Luthelo Matadi P + 243 89 89 96 900 E Comexas Afrique s.p.r.l.-DRC West 8, Quai du Commerce Boma P +243 99 81 84 081 E EQUATORIAL GUINEA

NileDutch Belgium Godefriduskaai 26 2000 Antwerp P + 32 3 206 22 99 E BENIN Supermaritime Benin SA Lot 137 Zone Résidentielle Cotonou P +229 21 30 92 03 / 04 E BRAzIL NileDutch Brazil - Santos Rua do Comércio, 55 Cj 11, Centro CEP 11010-141 SP Santos P +55 13 3328 9500 E NileDutch Brazil - Curitiba Rua Comendador Araújo 143 15º Floor, Cj 153, Centro CEP 80420-900 PR Curitiba P +55 41 2111 5606 E NileDutch Brazil - Sao Paulo Av. Ibirapuera, 2033, Moema CEP 04029-100 SP Sao Paulo P +55 11 3383 4450 E



Hecksher Linieagenturer A/S Bredskiftevej 36-38 DK-8210 V Aarhus P +45 8933 6200 E Hecksher Linieagenturer A/S Sundkaj 9 Pakhus 48 DK-2150 Nordhavn P +45 3916 8100 E

NileDutch Brazil - Itajai Av. Marcos Kondor, 1.177-88.301-303 CEP 11.256.147/0006-78 Itajai P +55 47 3046 3330 E CAMEROON


NileDutch China - Qingdao Room 2604 Shangri - La Centre No. 9 Xiang Gang Zhong Road 266071 Qingdao P +86 532 8090 9136 E NileDutch China - Shanghai Room 01-02-03B-05B, 27th Floor Hong Jia, Tower No. 388, Fushan Road Pudong, 200122 Shanghai P +86 21 3865 7800 / 7888 E

Loguitrans Agencia Maritima Appart Hotel Plaza, 1st Floor Bata P +240 222 133 355 E Deltamar SA Carretera Aeropuerto Km 4 (Bioko - Norte) Malabo P +240 333 090 897 E FINLAND Oy Scanway Shipping AB Itämerenkatu 1 FI-00180 Helsinki P +358 9 415 05 422 E FRANCE NileDutch France SAS Espace Caillard, 3, rue Louis Eudier 76600 Le Havre P +33 277 675 001 E gabon

NileDutch Hong Kong 2nd Floor, Eton Tower 8 Hysan Avenue Causeway Bay P +852 2910 7954 E INDIA Transmarine Agencies India Pvt Ltd New No. 210, 2nd & 3rd Floor Thambu Chetty Street 600 001 Chennai P +91 44 4901 8888 E Transmarine Agencies India Pvt Ltd 510, 5th Floor, Ascot Centre Off. Sahar Road, Andheri (East) 400 099 Mumbai P +91 22 6686 8888 E Transmarine Agencies India Pvt Ltd 924, DLF Tower B, 11 Jasola District Centre 110 025 New Delhi P +91 11 4276 8888 E INDONESIA PT Serasi Shipping Indonesia Graha Kirana, 3rd & 12th Floor Jl. Yos Sudarso No. 88 Jakarta 14350 P +62 21 653 11293 E PT Serasi Shipping Indonesia Jl. Haji Misbah Kompleks Multatuli Indah, Blok B 31 Medan (Belawan) P +62 61 451 6916 / 17 E

NileDutch China - Tianjin Room 1408 Tianjin International Building, No. 75 Nanjing Road Heping District, Tianjin P +86 22 2339 6270 E

SAGA Gabon Zone Portuaire d’Owendo Libreville P +241 01 700091 E



PT Serasi Shipping Indonesia Jl. Puri Anjasmoro Block F 1 No. 3A Semarang 50144 P +62 24 761 9401 E

NileDutch Congo Intersection des rues Cotê Matève et Tchionga, En face de la CFAO Centre-Ville, B.P. 5131 Pointe Noire P +242 056 436 140 E

M&S Mehrtens & Schwickerath GmbH Tiefer 4 28195 Bremen P +49 421 363 080 E

PT Serasi Shipping Indonesia Kompleks Pengampon Square Jl. Semut Baru Block D No. 10 Surabaya 60172 P +62 31 355 1555 E

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NIGERIA Cross Marine Services Nigeria Ltd 28 Burma Road, P.O. Box 2614 Lagos Apapa P +234 1 791 2762 E


TOGO NileDutch South Africa - Durban Royal Hotel Ulundi Place Opposite Royal Parking Durban P +27 31 306 4500 E

NORWAY International Maritime Ag Ltd Brendan House 151 Baldoyle Industrial Estate Dublin 13 P +353 1 8320709 E

Scanway Shipping AS Vollsveien 13H N-1326 Lysaker, Oslo P +47 67 102360 E



Simat – Société Ivoirienne de Manutention et de Transit Rue des Pétrolliers BP 648, Abidjan 15 P +225 21 75 41 01 E

M/S Global Maritime Pvt Ltd Eastern House, 9 Timber Pond, M.A. Jinnah Road, P.O. Box 4851, Keamari 75620 Karachi P +92 21 32851945 E



Thos. Carr & Son Srl Via Roma, 2 Int.12 16121 Genova P +39 010 8578 909 E JAPAN Simba Logistics 13-40, Konan 2-Chome, Minato-Ku 108-0075 Tokyo P +81 36 718 0735 E MALAYSIA

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Aquamaritime Logistics Sdn Bhd Level 15-02A, Plaza Masalam Section 9, 40100 Shah Alam Selangor (Port Klang) P +60 3 5880 4093 E Aquamaritime Logistics Sdn Bhd Unit 23A-07A, Level 23A, Menara Landmark No. 12 Jalan Ngee Heng, 80000 Johor Bahru Johor (Pasir Gudang / Tanjung Pelepas Port) P +60 7221 0798 E MOROCCO Naxco Shipping & Logistics Maroc 44, Rue Mohamed Smiha 20000 Casablanca P +212 522 544 770 E NETHERLANDS NileDutch Africa Line B.V. Westblaak 95 3012 KG Rotterdam P +31 10 281 82 83 E NileDutch Belgium Godefriduskaai 26 2000 Antwerp P + 31 10 206 64 00 E


SDV Togo Zone Portuaire, B.P. 34 Lome P +228 22 27 5878 / 8476 E TURKEY

SOUTH KOREA Kukbo Express Co Ltd 11th Floor, Ace Tower, 92 Tongil-ro, Jung-gu Seoul P +82 2 771 5514 E

Catoni Maritime Istanbul Head Office Rihtim Cd. Denizciler sk. No.13/4 Bayraktar Han Tophane 34425 Istanbul P +90 212 251 50 60 E



Marmedsa Noatum Shipping Agency C/del Atlàntic, 112-120 Edificio Zona d’Activitats Logistiques ZAL Edificio Norai 08040 Barcelona P +34 93 298 77 77 E

The Kanoo Group Shipping Agencies Division P.O. Box 290 Khalid IBN Al Walid Street Dubai P +971 4 393 1900 E

Jugro Transport International Phils Corp 3818 Mascardo St. Corner Pasong Tomo Makati City P +63 2 896 1309 E

Marmedsa Noatum Shipping Agency Ed. Las Artes 11, P.I. Bandas de Musica dela C.V. No. 11, Piso 1 Puerta 6 46013 Valencia P +34 96 324 12 60 E




NileDutch Portugal & Marmedsa Agencia Maritima Lda Avenida D. Joao II, Lote 1.18.03 Edificio Arts, Bloco B, 2 Andar, Sala C 1990-084 Lisbon P +351 21 898 2200 E

Aitken Spence Shipping Ltd 315, Vauxhall Street 2 Colombo P +94 11 2308100 E

NileDutch Portugal & Marmedsa Agencia Maritima Lda Rua Eng. Ferreira Dias, No. 728, Sala 3.02 4100-246 Porto P +351 22 090 0500 E

Joship AB Lilla Bommen 2 SE-404 27 Gothenburg P +46 31 337 8119 E


SWITZERLAND SINGAPORE NileDutch Singapore Pte Ltd 61 Robinson Road #08-01 Robinson Centre Singapore 068893 P +65 65010760 E SOUTH AFRICA NileDutch South Africa Johannesburg Hyde Park Lane Marlborough Gate Ground Floor Cnr of William Nicol and Jan Smuts Drive, Hyde Park, Johannesburg P +27 11 325 0557 E NileDutch South Africa Cape Town Metropolitan Life Centre 7 Coen Stytler Street Cape Town P +27 21 425 3600 E

Furness Shipping Ltd Hohlstrasse 610 8048 Zurich P +41 44 436 9111 E

JSA Global Ltd 5 Summit Business Park Langer Road Suffolk IP11 2 JB Felixstowe P +44 1394 678678 E VIETNAM Jardine Shipping Services Ltd 10th Floor, Viet-Uc Building Le Hong Phong Street Dang Lam Ward, Hai An District Hai Phong City P +84 31 374 1456 E Jardine Shipping Services Ltd 3rd Floor Gemadept Tower 2bis-4-6 Le Thanh Ton Street Ben Nghe Ward, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City P +84 83 8279 350 E

TAIWAN Jardine Shipping Services (Jardine, Matheson & Co Ltd) 13th Floor 50 Hsin Sheng South Road Sec 1 Taipei 10059 P +886 223931177 E THAILAND United Thai Shipping Corporation Ltd 25 Alma Link Building 11th Floor Soi Chilom, Phloenchit Road, Lumphini Pathumwan 10330 Bangkok P +66 2254 8400 E

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Contributors EDITORIAL Executive Editor: Jan Willem de Braal Editorial co-ordinators: Simone Busman Johan Pastoor Larissa N’gbo Hans van Bemmelen DESIGN & PRODUCTION Larisa Thuije COPYWRITING Christine Mes MAIN PHOTOGRAPHY Peter Goes PUBLISHED BY Nile Dutch Africa Line B.V. Communications Westblaak 95 3012 KG Rotterdam The Netherlands WEBSITE E-MAIL More information and/or editorial contributions should be sent to the above email address. All rights reserved. Reproduction of this magazine in whole or in part is prohibited without the prior written permission of Nile Dutch Africa Line B.V. © 2014 Nile Dutch Africa Line B.V.


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