Issue Dec 16
Many new faces at the Essberger Night
Liner services are much about experience and connections particulary if you are talking about Africa.
The Deutsche Afrika-Linien can reflect back on a long history in the trade. Shippers and passengers alike soon acknowledged the reliability, punctuality and speed of the liner services to Africa. These virtues are even more important today. With the introduction of containerized shipping the demand for just-in-time services became even more important. For more than a quarter century DAL and its partners have been serving Southern Africa on a 7-day-named-day schedule. The Indian Ocean Islands are also served on a frequent basis. Our customers can rely on the African knowledge we have gained in the past with this Continent. For easy access we offer a network of booking agents both in Europe and Africa and the latest IT-technology including container tracking and tracing systems via the internet. With personal advice over the phone or a visit to the customer, the staff of Deutsche Afrika-Linien are able to offer a service that has become uncommon in times dominated by computers. We will never forget that we deal with human beings.
As a middle size shipping company our activities follow proven guidelines:
Our strength in the traditonal field of operations is the know-how acquired over decades, added by great flexibility. On contrast to most international mega-carriers we are still able to offer truly personalized advice and service even to the smallest customer.
We can rely on the competence of our staff.
Our motto, as laid down by John T. Essberger, of employing only the best individuals will continue to hold good well into the future. We believe that the company should not expand unless there is good reason to do so. Consequently we will make careful investment decisions by looking for partners and seeking cooperation with other shipowners who are likeminded. At the same time we will always insure that our corporate identity as a worldwide operating independent shipping company is further strengthened and not compromized. The Deutsche Afrika-Linien / John T. Essberger Group of Companies is able to look back to a great past and is ready to face the future with confidence. Our sound business philosophy makes us a reliable partner.
Shipping is a challenge under extreme temperature conditions. Our container vessels are equipped for the carriage of refrigerated containers through the tropical regions of Africa. Our chemical tankers are prepared to transport bulk liquids throughout the polar circle because they are fitted with heating coils. Deutsche Afrika-Linien was among the first lines serving the African continent. John T. Essberger was a pioneer in the field of tanker shipping. This type of experience is our strength.
Deutsche Afrika-Linien shipped the very first car to South Africa, a „Benz Velo“ with 1,5 hp. The manufacturer, now named Daimler, continues to have confidence in Deutsche Afrika-Linien. This is only one of numerous examples showing the loyalty of our customers.
Whether one container or a thousand - our agents are always in a position to serve with utmost flexibility the requirements of shippers and receivers whether to Africa or throughout the world. The customer will always have a guarantee that our network of container experts both in Germany as well as in Africa are able to find the right solutions. This situation also applies to John T. Essberger where a fleet of different sized vessels permits shipment of any liquid parcel.
Quality assurance is only one way to prove the safety and reliability of a company. We have been on the forefront of QA by inventing security systems long before they became compulsory, thereby minimising the risks for people, goods and the environment.
The demands in the world of transport at sea are changing rapidly. We have always employed the latest technology and our staff are permanently on the lookout for ways to improve shipping. This we do in close interaction with our customers whom we like to offer the best means of transport.
If you are looking for a transport solution to or from European and African destinations, either containerized or bulk, Deutsche Afrika-Linien is the answer. All liquid cargo, from crude oil to highly sophisticated chemicals, John T. Essberger will be your partner, also in the trampship and bulkcarrier specialist with a vast experience in the transport of cement in the Indian and Pacific Ocean region. JTE Shipmanagement is able to provide human resources of the highest calibre including the total management of any kind of vessel as well as the design and building supervision of any type of vessel.