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Sallaum Lines adds BMW and Ford vehicles to its global shipping volume


Posted on 20 December 2021 14:02 by

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Sallaum Lines is well established in transporting vehicles between the United States, Europe and Africa, and has now signed new contracts with BMW and Ford for the shipment of vehicles from South Africa to Europe .


Sallaum Lines has secured contracts with car manufacturers BMW and Ford to transport vehicles between the port of Durban in South Africa and European markets. Shipments will begin in January 2022.


According to the company, the vehicles will be transported to the UK via the Port of Southampton; to Belgium via the port of Zeebrugge and to Germany via the port of Bremerhaven.


“Sallaum Lines is honored and delighted to extend its partnership with Ford and BMW,” said its vice president, Sami Sallaum.


The company has officially appointed Salloum Logistics as its contract partner for finished vehicle logistics. Salloum Logistics, which is located in Germany, has been providing finished vehicle logistics services for over a decade.


“We are delighted to work side-by-side with Sallaum Lines to provide trimodal finished vehicle logistics services to OEMs,” said Walid Salloum, Managing Director of Salloum Logistics. “We have demonstrated a high level of commitment and a solution-focused strategy with all of our customers over the past few years. In addition to deep sea services, our companies offer various services, including terminals and vehicle distribution.


Competitive services


The company is one of the top ten vehicle carriers in the world and draws on decades of experience transporting vehicle volumes between the US East Coast and Europe to North Africa and from West. It is now looking to capitalize on return trade through new tenders on its routes between South Africa and Europe – trade that promises to make its transit operations more efficient and sustainable, as well as to optimize its global network. According to Kay Lemke, managing director of Sallaum Lines in Germany, ships on their way from the United States and Europe to Africa were previously only loaded in one direction. With the new contracts for vehicle volumes to Europe, the company is able to fill ships in the opposite direction.


The company is also restructuring its business in an ambitious way to offer its customers new and competitive services in an industry limited to a small number of major players.


To provide additional capacity for vehicle handling growth, Sallaum Lines is investing to expand the size of its fleet, starting with two additional Car and Truck Carriers (PCTC). One will be delivered in January 2022, a second will follow in June. This will bring the size of Sallaum’s fleet to ten ships.


Sallaum Lines has followed a strategic path of vessel acquisition over the past decade and as the trade in new vehicles increases it will seek to bolster its fleet with sustainable vessels that comply with IMO regulations. The company will also continue to use charter vessels, as it has done in the past. The company has thus obtained the additional tonnage needed to guarantee the capacity and frequency of departures for BMW and Ford when production rebounds following the shortage of semiconductors.


“Sallaum Lines will also invest to develop its assets in terminals, ground transportation and innovative PDI centers,” says Sami Sallaum.


Sustainable goals


Making vehicle handling more sustainable is part of Sallaum Lines’ long-term planning and it has a strong history of reducing emissions.


Sallaum Lines is working on the IMO’s Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII), which will measure from 2023 how efficiently a ship is carrying cargo and is expressed in grams of CO2 emitted per cargo carrying capacity and per nautical mile. Each vessel will be assigned an annual rating ranging from A to E, and the rating thresholds will become increasingly strict around 2030.


The company has set a long-term goal of net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. The initial GHG strategy goals and visions are to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation international shipping. This means a reduction in CO2 emissions per transport job, on average in international maritime transport, of at least 40% by 2030, and a target of 70% by 2050, compared to 2008.


Sallaum Lines’ sustainability report and full GHG reduction roadmap, which includes its non-marine operations, will be announced later in 2022.



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