The Algerian economy is feeling the pinch of the fall in the price of oil. However, the project industry in particular still offers great potential for carriers. The Hamburg-based Coli group is one of the players to benefit from this: the Algerian national shipping line CNAN has chosen it as a partner for shipments to the region.
The Compagnie Nationale Algérienne de Navigation (CNAN) is boosting its activities. The country’s national shipping line is renewing its merchant fleet and recently commissioned its fifth vessel. Furthermore, the company is planning to purchase five new units in the future. With these acquisition CNAN wants to strengthen its position as an important provider of project cargo services to and from Algeria as well as other destinations in the Maghreb.
To this end CNAN is banking on collaboration with the Coli group, primarily for projects from Asia and North America to North Africa. The new deal will enable the partners – that is Coli Project Cargo (CPC) from Hamburg, Asia Break Bulk (ABB) from Singapore, Consolidated Bulk Carriers (CBC) from Bremen (Germany), as well as Coli’s global network – to handle project cargo from destinations all around the world. CNAN’s own vessels regularly serve northern range ports and the Gulf of Mexico. On top of this the line also offers an intra-Med service.
The new cooperation agreement will focus on contracts signed by Algerian state enterprises with global engineering, procurement and construction firms (EPCs) as well as providers primarily from the oil and gas and power industries, in cases when cooperation with the national carrier CNAN is compulsory.
«This is a huge step forward for us in the direction of a long-term alliance between CNAN and Coli,» says Coli group managing director Herbert Lösing, underlining the significance of the partnership. Algeria is continuing to invest heavily in the expansion of its infrastructure, with national companies playing an ever more important role in the development of their country.
A well-known player
«We have plenty of experience in this market,» Lösing adds, «having already carried out project cargo shipments to Algeria with our carriers ABB and CPC on a regular basis.» Various shippers and forwarders had previously approached the group, as CNAN was the partner set in the B / L. As a result Coli contacted CNAN with the express aim of establishing a partnership.
Lösing says that «the Maghreb states are a particularly interesting field of business for Coli, thanks to the cooperation of our agents Afrimar in Tunis and our services to and from North Africa. The carriers represented by the group have completed quite a few projects for Algeria in the last few years, including the Algeria-Oman refinery project.»
At some point, CNAN cooperated with Clipper too, particularly in the trade towards the Gulf of Mexico, and the former took over a few tweendeckers after the end of the cooperation. «CNAN does not operate any services from Asia. However, the company realised that our carriers are very active there, deploying modern heavylift and project vessels,» is how Lösing fills in the background underlying the decision.
There had previously been some sporadic contacts between the two firms, but CNAN became really interesting for Coli above all on account of its reorientation and the concomitant massive acquisition of modern tonnage. This is why further cooperation agreements in the Maghreb region are on the drawing board for the future.
Source: International Transport Journal