Acquisition of the Netherlands-based company supports Hapag-Lloyd’s strategy to grow operations in Africa
Hapag-Lloyd has closed the acquisition of the Dutch container shipping company Nile Dutch Investments B.V. (NileDutch).
After signing a sales and purchase agreement in March, Hapag-Lloyd has now formally acquired all shares of the company after all responsible antitrust authorities had approved the transaction.
“We are very excited about closing the deal and look forward to working with our new colleagues to unlock the enormous potential that Africa has to offer," said Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen. “With the people from NileDutch joining our company, Hapag-Lloyd is noticeably increasing the number of employees on the ground in Africa. We are happy and excited to welcome NileDutch’s roughly 320 employees to the Hapag-Lloyd family.”
A Hapag-Lloyd statement praised NileDutch as one of the leading shipping companies along the West African coast. Headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands, NileDutch is present in 85 locations across the world and has 16 offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Singapore, China, Angola, Congo and Cameroon. The company also brings with it to Hapag-Lloyd seven liner services, around 35,000 TEU of transport capacity, and a container fleet with a capacity of around 80,000 TEU.
Hapag-Lloyd and NileDutch are aiming to integrate major parts of their businesses in the latter part of 2021 to offer a unified network to customers, however Hapag-Lloyd said the integration would be dependent on market conditions.
Hapag-Lloyd said that the integration “will be moving at a swift pace” and full commercial integration is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.