The new office has been opened in response to a growing number of port calls in the waters of the Republic of the Congo and is an important expansion of GAC Group’s operations across West Africa, the company said.
“Having a frontline presence in the Republic of the Congo is very important to our customers operating across the region,” said Erland Ebbersten, GAC Group vice president, Africa, Russia and Central Asia.
“The country is becoming increasingly important as a location for shipping and logistics operations, as we witness a shift in the patterns of global trade and increased infrastructure investment across Africa.”
GAC’s team in Congo is led by Rene Vila, who has more than 30 years of experience in the country’s shipping and logistics industry. The general manager is Gerrit Laubscher, also general manager of GAC Angola.
Laubscher commented: “The port of Pointe Noire plays a very important role in facilitating trade both to the Congo and to the Angolan province of Cabinda. As it lacks port facilities for large vessels, Cabinda relies on Pointe Noire for the handling of cargoes required by the burgeoning Angolan oil, gas and construction industries. As such, not only will the new GAC office benefit our customers in the Congo, we will also deliver enhanced shipping and logistics services in Angola.”
GAC Shipping and Logistics Congo is a joint venture with logistics operator Davy Lebosso, a long-standing local partner of GAC.