January 14 - According to reports in the international media, Topsheen Shipping has signed an agreement with China's Lianyungang Port to operate a general cargo shipping service from the port to West Africa.
The agreement will allow the two parties to strengthen their cooperation on the shipping of steel products and heavy equipment, say reports.
One report adds that the 47,000 dwt bulk carrier Postoina departed Lianyungang on January 8 for the service's first voyage, and another vessel of the same size, Orion Express, is scheduled to depart the Chinese gateway on January 30.
The service is said to call at ports on the West African coast, including Lagos (Nigeria), Takoradi (Ghana), Tema (Ghana) and Douala (Cameroon).
A Chinese news report also claims that Topsheen is currently operating with chartered vessels, but placed orders for its first four self-owned general cargo vessels at Nanjing Wujiaozui Shipyard in 2014, the first of which is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2015.