Hapag-Lloyd to acquire DAL’s container coating business

Hapag-Lloyd and German carrier Deutsche Afrika-Linien (DAL) have signed a framework agreement under which Hapag-Lloyd will acquire DAL’s container shipping business

DAL is an established shipping company for transporting containerized freight. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

DAL is a liner shipping company established for the transport of containerized goods and operates with four liner services between Europe, South Africa and the Indian Ocean. Based in Hamburg, the Africa specialist is represented with its own offices in Germany and South Africa as well as third-party agents in 47 countries worldwide. Their line business (including agencies) employs over 150 people. DAL owns a 6,589 TEU container ship and operates a container fleet of approximately 17,800 containers (owned and leased), which will be taken over as part of the acquisition.

“Africa remains an important strategic growth market. Particularly for our service offering from and to South Africa, DAL is a valuable complement allowing us to offer our customers a better network and additional port coverage in this region. We look forward to welcoming colleagues from DAL. With their vast experience and knowledge of the market, they will significantly help us to continue our growth in Africa,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.

Hapag-Lloyd had also acquired the specialist carrier in Africa NilDutch last year, which strengthened the carrier’s presence and service offering to and from West Africa. This growth-oriented strategy was also underlined by new office openings in Kenya, Morocco and Senegal in 2021 and the establishment of a Quality Service Center (QSC) in Mauritius in 2020.