President 2015

Mauritius is strongly positioned to host RAME2019

The paradise island of Mauritius, through its Professional Association of Freight Forwarders, has bid to host the 2019 meeting of region Africa and Middle East (RAME) of FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations.

For centuries, the Dutch, English and French sailors used to stop over here while pursuing their trade route to or from India. The navigators considered our island as the star and key of the Indian Ocean due to its strategic position.

Later, Mark Twain, author of the American literary classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, visited our country in 1896 and wrote that you gather idea that Mauritius was made first, and then heaven; and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.

Nowadays, Mauritius is determined to become a regional logistics hub, privileged not only by its geographic location between Asia and Africa but also by ....(read more)

Monday, 24th Sep 2018

Council meeting

The future developments of Port Louis harbour

The berth length at the Mauritius Container Terminal is currently being expanded to 800 metres to accommodate at the same time two vessels with a capacity of 8 000 to 10 000 TEUs each.

The next phase of the development of our port will be the expansion of the inland terminal to increase the container storage space. Furthermore, the construction of customs and security facilities, offices and a parking area for trucks, is also planned

In the long term, the land use at the port will have to be optimised, especially to reap the benefits of the total length available of 960 m of berth at the Mauritius Container Terminal.

Consultants have also recommended the setting up of a new terminal on an artificial island made from reclaimed land that will contribute to protect the Mauritius Container Terminal from high waves during the bad weather.

However, the Government and the ....(read more)

Monday, 29th Oct 2018

Sea transport

IMO 2020 raises fear of slowing down world trade

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has established a new regulation that shipping companies will have to comply as from the 1st January 2020.

The IMO 2020 rule as the press calls it, will make it mandatory for vessels to use fuels with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% (compared with 3.5% now). The objective is to reduce harmful emissions from ships and protect the environment.

If this measure is implemented in less than 13 months’ time, it will lead to an increase in the transportation costs of goods to and from Mauritius.

Sea carrier Hapag-Lloyd has estimated that the compliance to the IMO 2020 rule, will result in an approximately additional $ 1 billion compared to cheaper heavy fuel oil the shipping company is currently using for its fleet of 220 containerships.

These supplementary expenses will certainly be recovered from the shippers through surcharges.
During ....(read more)

Tuesday, 30th Oct 2018