On Sunday, 02 January 2022, the Helios Ray RoRo Vessel called the Port of Walvis Bay to discharge, Three hundred and fifty-five (355) vehicles destined for various local and across the border customers, out of these, Fifty-Two (52) brand new pickup Toyota Hilux vehicles destined for CFAO Motors RDS, BP 59 in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo.
The consignment of these new vehicles to DRC comes after the successful pilot run of a similar operation that took place late last year when Twenty Five (25) previously owned vehicles were delivered to CFAO, the client opted to increase the cargo to the current 53 vehicles.
After years of ground work in Walvis Bay, Zeebruge Port (Belgium) and Paris (France). The RL SHIPPING SARL was awarded a contract from the Toyota DRC Exclusive Dealer SFCE CFAO Group to transit their regular fleet of brand new vehicles from the African distribution platform in Zeebruge (Belgium) to Lubumbashi and Kolwezi DRC using the Port of Walvis Bay for transit. Subsequently, a consignment of approximately 400 brand new pick-ups is expected to be exported via the Port of Walvis Bay annually to DRC.
The Namibian Ports Authority remains the Ports of choice for vessels to make use of as it not only offers its cliental fast services but also safe storage facilities at the convenience of its clients. The other vehicle units are destined for local and various SADC markets such as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Botswana. The vessel is enroute to the port of Durban, sailing at a speed of 16.9 knots and arrived in the afternoon of 06 January 2022. Helios Ray is a Vehicles Carrier built in 2015 (6 years old) and currently sailing under the flag of Bahamas.