May 27 - Netherlands-based RMR Shipping has chosen London Thamesport to handle the UK call of its new northwest Europe - West Africa ro-ro service.

The first call was made by the 176 m long ro-ro vessel Dresden on May 25, 2014.

The vessel has the capacity to hold over 4,000 cars and ro-ro units, and the versatility to handle a wide variety of cargoes through quarter and side ramps, which allow cargo to be loaded and discharged directly onto the quay.

RMR offers a fortnightly service carrying a variety of general and wheeled cargoes to Lagos (Nigeria), Dakar (Senegal) and Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire). Project and conventional cargoes are also accepted, utilising the line's own Mafi trailers.

RMR is represented in the UK by general agent AB Global Logistics Limited.

London Thamesport states that it can handle a variety of deep and shallow-drafted vessels, carrying a broad range of cargoes including containers, breakbulk, ro-ro and project cargoes.