The Niolon gives Marfret wings

On 30th August last, the Marfret Niolon took on a consignment of Airbus aircraft wings at Portbury Dock in the UK for delivery to Montoir de Bretagne. The cargo comprised four items, including the 21.3 m long by 6.25m wide wings, weighing 20 tonnes, loaded on mobile frames. The European aircraft manufacturer entrusted the operation to Louis Dreyfus Seaplane.

Once the special operation finished, the Marfret vessel returned to its normal duties on 9th September on the MPV line between Northern Europe, French Guiana and the West Indies.

MPV service increasing supply on WI-French Guiana route

Launched in 2020, and after several months of operations, the Multi-Purpose Vessel (MPV) service is up to cruising speed on the French Guiana – Pointe-à-Pitre – Antwerp – Le Havre route.

The service, operated with the 1212 lm-capacity Marfret Niolon, carries non-containerised cargo (ro-ro and conventional) and sensitive freight requiring specialist knowledge of customs procedures. One example are the shipments of dangerous goods from French Guiana and Guadeloupe, for which there are currently no local storage and processing solutions.  The MPV line provides a regular service for their shipment for processing in mainland France, part of the government’s sustainable development policy.

The MPV service is appreciated by shippers for its competitive transit times, for example 15 days between Antwerp and Dégrad-des Cannes. The service also connects with Marfret’s Ferrymar service in the West Indies.      

Next sailings:

Antwerp 8/10 – Le Havre 11/10 – Pointe-à-Pitre 28/10 – Dégrad-des-Cannes 8/11

SMIS: moving industrial or special loads by sea and multimodal means

SMIS is Marfret’s division specializing in moving industrial and other large or special loads by sea and multimodal means.

With a network of agents and its end-to-end control of the logistics and transport chain, Marfret offers comprehensive, turnkey solutions that provide its clients with savings in cost and time and reduce risks.

Whether it’s space cargo capsules, satellites, entire factories, navy ships or racing yachts, the projects handled by Marfret’s SMIS division are designed to solve the problems inherent in carrying heavy and/or oversized consignments, calling on all of Marfret’s expertise as ship owner, chartering agent, stevedoring company, freight forwarder, ship’s agent and logistics services provider.

A specialized Project Department

In a world of standardization imposed by the ISO container, special transport requires the ability to analyze costs and assess risks and technical feasibility to undertake tailored solutions. Marfret’s project team has this ability. For each project, SMIS delivers a door- to- door solution that takes into account:

  • sea, road and inland waterway transport options by conventional cargo or container;
  • ship loading and unloading protocols (using slings, lifting platforms, etc.)
  • routing and delivery schedule constraints

A trusted network

The SMIS division is backed by a network of agents in over 30 countries. This permanent presence on the ground gives it a huge advantage in terms of local knowledge of regulations and customs and cost factors in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Pacific, Central and South American zones where Marfret is strongest.