July 2016

New SOLAS requirement effective 1 July 2016

Dear Valued Customers,

To ensure the safety of the ship, the safety of workers both aboard ships and ashore, the safety of cargo and overall safety at sea, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), as amended, requires in chapter VI, part A, regulation 2 that packed containers' gross mass are verified prior to stowage aboard the ship.

The new SOLAS requirement will be enforced effective 1 July 2016.

In accordance with these new requirements the Merchant is ultimately responsible for the verification of the gross mass of a packed container carrying cargo using SOLAS Chapter VI, Regulation 2 (MSC.1/Circ.1475) guidelines. The Merchant is also responsible for ensuring that the verified gross mass is communicated to the Carrier in the shipping documents sufficiently in advance to be used by the ship's master or his representative and the terminal representative in the preparation of the ship stowage plan. Irrespective of its form, the document declaring the verified gross mass of the packed container should be signed and dated by the Merchant or by its duly authorized representative. The signature may be an electronic signature or may be replaced by the name in capitals of the person authorized to sign it. In the absence of the merchant providing the verified gross mass of the packed container, the Carrier reserves the right not to load the container on to the ship.

More detailed information and guidelines regarding the scope of applicability, main principles, methods for obtaining the verified gross mass of a packed container, documentation, enforcement and other related aspects can be found at:


December 2012

March 2012

Bunker Adjustment Factor on Canada-States-Africa Line

Dear Valued Customer,

Please make a note of new levels of BAF on CSAL.

BAF applicable as of April 08, 2012:

Break Bulk and Ro-Ro cargo 40% of net ocean freight
Used highway trucks and trailers USD 200.00 per unit
20’ containers USD 400.00 per unit
40’ containers USD 800.00 per unit

New level of BAF applies only to new bookings and rollovers made as of the date of this notice. Bookings already in place will be assessed BAF at level indicated on the booking notes.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact your booking office.

May 2011

On behalf of CISN Navigation and our Trans Atlantic Liner Services: Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers and Canada States Africa Line, We invite You to come and visit our booth at the Breakbulk Europe Transportation Conference & Exhibition 2011.

Our representatives will be waiting for you!!!

Conference address:

May 17 – 19, 2011
The Antwerp Expo
Jan Van Rijswijcklaan 191
Antwerp, Belgium

ARRC Booth #404H4
CSAL Booth #405H4

October 2010

On behalf of CISN Navigation and our Trans Atlantic Liner Services: Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers and Canada States Africa Line, We invite You to come and visit our booth at the BreakBulk Americas Transportation Conference & Exhibition 2010. 

Our representatives will be waiting for you!!!

Milena Dimitrova – V.P. Freight Coordination, ARRC/CSAL
Maureen Bussart – President, ARRC TX
Eugene Nutovich – Line Manager, CSAL
Vladimir Eremin – Operations Superintendent, CSAL
Charis Hansen – Sales and Marketing Manager, ARRC/CSAL
Zhanna Shnipke – Sales and Accounts Representative, ARRC NJ

Conference address:

12th-14th October 2010
George Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas – USA

ARRC/CSAL Booth # 651/750

October 2009

Thank you for visiting CSAL booth at the Breakbulk Exhibition in New Orleans

The Breakbulk Exhibition, one of the most exciting events for the shipping industry representatives, this year again gave to all of us the best networking and information sharing opportunity. The three days of the Exhibition hosted numerous activities, with every day bringing new business relationships for all who had a chance to visit the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center where the Exhibition was taking place.

We would like to thank everybody for visiting CSAL booth at the Exhibition this year and we hope to see you again in 2010.

August 2009

Come and meet us in New Orleans

Once again, the 20th Annual Breakbulk Transportation Conference & Exhibition opens its doors for all shipping industry representatives providing a wonderful chance to meet in its hospitable environment and discuss new business opportunities.

The Exhibition will take place in New Orleans, LA on October 13-15 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

We welcome everybody to visit Canada States Africa Line booth No.512 and meet with our representatives from the Montreal and Houston offices.

June 2009

CSAL representative in Houston, TX

We are pleased to welcome to our team Charis Hansen who will join us as Manager of Sales and Marketing on June 8th.

Charis comes with an extensive background in shipping and knowledge of the break-bulk and project industry, almost 9 years of which is in US Gulf – South Africa trade.

Based in our Houston office, she will be responsible for establishing close communication with existing and potential clients and providing operational support.

We believe that Charis’ level of professionalism and expertise will provide our clients with high quality customer service and solidify CSAL’s position in the market.

The contact details for Charis Hansen are: tel. 281 931-3600; e-mail charis@csaline.com.

April 2009

The addition of the 4th vessel to the service

Canada States Africa Line is pleased to announce the addition of a 4th vessel to our service.

M/V “Atlantic Navigator” will complement M/V “Atlantic Runner” on the service between the ports of Southern Africa and the US Gulf, thus offering monthly frequency on this route. She will join the service on the sailing out of Houston on May 17, 2009 to Walvis Bay, Cape Town, Durban and Richards Bay. Other ports of call may be offered on inducement.

Like the other vessels in CSAL’s fleet M/V “Atlantic Navigator” is an Astrakhan Mark III type ship. She is a modern multipurpose tweendecker, 18,731mt deadweight, with own gear of up to 90mt capacity, and with ro-ro capability.

Direct Service from Canada to Namibia

Canada States Africa Line offers a direct service from Canada and the US East Coast to Walvis Bay, Namibia.

On March 2008, when CSAL launched its direct service from Canada and the U.S. East Coast to Southern Africa, the Walvis Bay port was just an additional port of call on the north-bound loop. Now, we are pleased to offer clients a direct service from Canada and the US East Coast to Walvis Bay with a transit time of as little as 20 days.

Direct service to Namibia will allow our clients to ship the cargo with no trans-shipment and re-handling, providing the advantage of guaranteed delivery times and added security.

CSAL starts performing regular monthly service calls to US Gulf Ports at the end of March 2009

Canada States Africa Line is pleased to announce the addition of the Ports of Houston, TX and New Orleans, LA to its Service. On March 31, M/V “Atlantic Runner” will perform the first call to the US Gulf Ports. The regular servicing terminals at the Portsof Houston and New Orleans are Manchester Terminal and Pacorini Terminal respectively.

The Ports of Houston and New Orleans are known as major centers for international trade. A combination of highways and rail connections linking Houston with inland markets and the proximity of the Port of New Orleans to the American Midwest via inland waterway system as well as ability of both ports to handle different cargoes make the ports excellent choices for the movement of goods.

Our sailings out of the US Gulf Coast will also be calling at Walvis Bay, Namibia directly on the inbound South African voyage leg.

Port rotation is planned as follows: New Orleans-Houston-Walvis Bay-Cape Town-Durban-Richards Bay.

October 2008

CSAL at the 19th Annual Breakbulk Transportation Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans

Canada States Africa Line for the first time in its short, but very dynamic history participated in the 19th Annual Breakbulk Transportation Conference and Exhibition, which took place in New Orleans on October 14-16.

The Exhibition gave us an opportunity to introduce our service to the shipping community and establish important contacts. It also provided a chance for visitors to meet with the Line Manager – Eugene Nutovich and Assistant Line Manager – Joulia Maistrenko and discuss possible business developments.

“Thank you” to everyone who stopped by our booth and expressed interest in our service.

July 2008

New vessel M/V "Atlantic Runner"

In response to the increased requirement for space, CSAL is pleased to announce a new addition to our fleet. M/V “Atlantic Runner” will enter our service ahead of schedule on September 1, 2008 in Baltimore.

The vessel, Mark 3 Astrakhan type multi-purpose tween-decker with quarter stern ramp, 17510 t deadweight, 1992 built, Malta flag is the latest upgrade of Mark 3 Astrakhan type vessel, the same as M/V “Atlantic Impala” and M/V “Atlantic Navigator currently in our service. These vessels are extremely flexible and are fitted to be able to carry all manner of bulk commodities, break-bulk, rolling stock, special project cargo, containers, forest products, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, hazardous/IMO cargo.

With this latest addition to our fleet, we look forward to servicing you with 3 ships in total on our route between Canada, EC USA and South Africa and provide better flexibility and improved frequency.

Golf Day in Durban

On July 14, Mitchell Cotts Maritime, the official agent of CSAL in Southern Africa, participated in the golf tournament
held at Beachwood Country Club in Durban.

A total of 104 players attended the event. It was a great opportunity for Mitchell Cotts Maritime to introduce Canada States Africa Line and its services to a large spectrum of the country's shipping community of the country.

The proceeds from “The Golf Day” go towards the education of students in the maritime industry, which is managed by “The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers” of Southern Africa.

Pictures of the event

Port of Savannah, Georgia has been included in our sailing schedule

From September 1st, 2008, Canada States Africa Line vessels will start to perform regular calls at the port of Savannah.

Specializing in the handling of containers, breakbulk and ro-ro cargoes it was a natural choice for the Line.

The port is served by Class I rail service - Norfolk Southern Railroad and CSX Transportation and has a convenient interstate access via I-95 and I-16 which provide fast connection to the Midwest, Gulf Coast and Southeast.

The additional port will allow CSAL to expand the volume of its services and satisfy the need of our customers to reach a broader market and offer them reliability and efficiency.

May 2008

New vessel M/V "Atlantic Navigator"

We are pleased to announce that as of May 12, 2008, the second vessel M/V “Atlantic Navigator” has been added to our fleet.

“Atlantic Navigator” is a sister ship of “Atlantic Impala” (Mark 3 Astrakhan type multi-purpose tween-decker) currently in CSAL service, allowing for the same versatility of cargo handling.

Adding the second vessel to our fleet will allow CSAL to make the sailing schedule more flexible and expand the possibilities of cargo transportation for our clients.

March 2008

New direct service between Canada, USA and Southern Africa

Canada States Africa Line (CSAL) launched its new service from Canada and the U.S. East Coast to South Africa with the sailing of M/V “ATLANTIC IMPALA” on March 24th, 2008 from Montreal.

The main ports of call in North America are Montreal and Baltimore. South African ports of call are: Durban, Richards Bay, Cape Town and Walvis Bay in Namibia. The service will have a monthly frequency with a transit time of 32 days to Durban.

The Line will initially deploy two sister Vessels in the service: M/V “ATLANTIC IMPALA” and the M/V “ATLANTIC NAVIGATOR”. The Vessels are extremely flexible, modern, multi-purpose tween-deckers which have both RORO capabilities and heavy-lift gear. They are fitted to be able to carry all manner of bulk commodities, break-bulk, ro-ro, heavy-lift and oversized as well as hazardous cargoes.

Importantly, the vessels are at the highest ice class which enables year round operations in the St. Lawrence.

The addition of a third vessel is forecasted for the fall of 2008 in order to increase the capacity and frequency of the service.

Freight coordination and operational centre for CSAL, north and southbound, will be managed by CSAL Montreal.

Agents in South Africa are Mitchell Cotts Maritime, a division of Grindrod (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd.

For North America, CSAL has appointed Protos Shipping Ltd. as its agents in Canada and Worldwide Logistics Partners Inc. as its U.S. Midwest representatives.

PDF Launch Anouncement

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