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Germany, Namibia Enter Merchant Shipping Deal

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  • As Fincantieri Holds Coin Ceremony for MSC Cruises’ Ship

Germany and Namibia have initialed a bilateral merchant shipping agreement in Windhoek to further strengthen and develop economic relations between the two countries.

Reached on January 31, 2017, the agreement also has an aim to promote Namibia’s transformation into a logistics hub for the Southern African region, according to information provided by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The deal was agreed between delegations from the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the Government of the Republic of Namibia.

The delegation was scheduled to visit Namport and NAMFI in Walvis Bay on February 2, 2017, in order to explore possible areas of cooperation.

“Shipping is the most cost-effective way to transport the vast majority of goods in international trade and will be central for global sustainable development and growth,” the Embassy said.

Germany ranks first in the World Bank’s global Logistics Performance Index 2016. Under the agreement and the envisaged cooperation projects, German companies can provide their know-how to make a major contribution to more trade and growth in and with Africa.

Meanwhile, Geneva-based cruise giant MSC Cruises and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri marked a key milestone in the building of MSC Seaview with a coin ceremony, held at Monfalcone shipyard in Italy today.

MSC Seaview, the third next-generation mega cruise ship that will come into service under MSC Cruises’ ten-year investment plan through 2026, will be deployed in the Western Mediterranean as of June 2018.

“MSC Seaview is one of the four MSC Cruises’ ships currently under construction, as part of an industry-unprecedented ten-year, EUR 9 billion investment plan,” Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, said.

Following its inaugural summer season, the 323-metre-long MSC Seaview will continue its deployment in Brazil as of November 2018.

Featuring 154,000 gross tonnes, the new ship will be capable of carrying up to 5,179 guests.

It will be the second of two sister vessels in the MSC Cruises’ Seaside generation to be built by Fincantieri.

MSC Seaview’s sister vessel MSC Seaside, scheduled to enter service in December 2017, will be christened in Miami, its future homeport, later this year.

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