zoom Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS), a shipbuilding subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corp, has won an order for six 11,000 TEU containerships from an undisclosed European owner.The deal was landed on April 28th, according to the shipbuilding conglomerate’s announcement.Further details on the value of the order and potential delivery dates have not been disclosed yet.SWS believes that the order marks an important milestone in the company’s efforts to secure a place on the market of construction of large ships of 19800 TEU and 21000 TEU design.Construction of these giants of the seas is nothing new to the shipbuilder as it has already secured orders for ultra large container carriers such as the one placed by French liner giant CMA CGM for three 18,000 TEU boxships in 2013.World Maritime News Staff
Rabat – Morocco’s national carrier Royal Air Maroc and Qatar Airways have announced a codeshare agreement after recently signing a joint business agreement. The deal, which came into effect Thursday, will benefit passengers by allowing them to purchase a single itinerary combining flights on both airlines’ global networks. The agreement also means one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in.Royal Air Maroc passengers will now be able to connect via the Qatar Airways hub in Doha onto new destinations in Asia and the Middle East such as Beijing, Singapore, Manama and Hong Kong. Passengers travelling to Casablanca on Qatar Airways will also be able to connect onto the West African cities of Cotonou (Benin), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Praia (Cape Verde), Brazzaville and Pointe Noire (Republic of Congo), Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), Libreville (Gabon), Banjul (Gambia), Conakry (Guinea), Bissau (Guinea Bissau), Monrovia (Liberia), Bamako (Mali), Niamey (Niger), Lagos (Nigeria), Nouakchott (Mauritania), Freetown (Sierra Leone) and Lomé (Togo).Passengers will also be able to travel to Moroccan cities of Marrakech, Agadir, Tangier, Guelmime, Tan Tan, Tetouan, Al Hoceima, Fes, Errachidia, Oujda, Nador, Ouarzazate, Zagora, Laayoune, Dakhla and Beni Mellal.Royal Air Maroc CEO and Chairman Driss Benhima described the launch of the code-share agreement with Qatar Airways as “a crucial phase in the history of Royal Air Maroc since it allows to set up a bridge between Asia and Africa, which will facilitate the movement of customers in the best conditions thanks to the extensive network of Qatar Airways in Asia and the dense network of Royal Air Maroc in Africa”.Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “The launch of this codeshare agreement with Royal Air Maroc is great news for our business passengers who frequently travel on Qatar Airways, as they will be able to connect seamlessly onwards to almost 20 destinations across the West African region.”“Qatar Airways also looks forward to welcoming Royal Air Maroc’s passengers on our own service and sharing our award-winning service and hospitality,” he added.Royal Air Maroc will also start operating three weekly flights with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Doha on September 9, complimenting Qatar Airways’ existing daily flights to Casablanca.The new code-share agreement comes shortly after Royal Air Maroc chairman and CEO Driss Benhima and Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar al-Baker signed a joint business agreement at the recent Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
Thirty five Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested and four boats seized by Sri Lankan Navy on Monday while they were fishing between Talaimannar and Dhanushkodi in the Palk Strait, the Press Trust of India reported.The Sri Lankan Navy arrested the fishermen for allegedly violating the International Maritime Boundary line, the sources said. The fishermen had been lodged in an army camp at Talaimannar in Sri Lanka, the sources said. As many as 106 fishermen from Rameswaram, Nagapattinam and Karaikal are in Sri Lankan prison for more than a month on charges of crossing the IMBL and fishing in the island nation’s territory.