January 8 - SeaIntel Maritime Analysis has launched an information-sharing portal - Port Overview - providing up-to-date data on Africa's main container ports.

The website - www.portoverview.com - collects status reports on Africa's 50 most important container terminals and related logistics infrastructure, updated by local independent editors.

The portal has been designed to give importers, exports, traders and forwarders the information they require in order to make the best decision on how to move cargo for their customers on the continent, said SeaIntel Maritime Analysis.

According to Lars Jensen, ceo of SeaIntel: "Africa really has made some significant steps forward in opening its doors to international trade in the past decade. Africa has shown and continues to show immense potential.

"We are not proclaiming to have every incident and positive development covered in every corner of Africa but what we do have is neutral, factual information provided by independent sources, some of whom are logistics operators themselves," Jensen added.