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UAL Newsflash Dec. 2014

Read the latest issue of our UAL group newsletter!

In this issue: 

  • UAL Xmas card!
  • Scale model of ‘UAL Cologne’ handed over to Lord Mayor of Cologne
  • UAL and Manchester Terminal in Houston: an unique combination
  • Interview: Martijn Hordijk, UAL Netherlands
  • Video: MV UAL Bodewes sailing in Storm Force 10
  • Sailing Schedule Week 50


eCAF announcement

ECAF – Emergency Currency Adjustment Factor – Universal Africa Lines

Capelle aan den IJssel, 16th March 2015

Dear Customer,

Please note that in the past period the Euro got a lot weaker compared to the US Dollar. Most of our costs are in US Dollars and we invoice freights in Euros. We have been able to absorb these financial losses for a long time but the current steep decline is forcing us to implement an ECAF. We will currently implement an ECAF of 8 percent in order to maintain our service to which you are used to. This surcharge will be implemented as per bill of lading date 1st April 2015 onwards.

We will monitor this situation closely and same will be adjusted when needed.

Please relay this message to the ones you deem is necessary to inform. For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

Universal Africa Lines

Looking forward to your visit at Breakbulk Europe 2015!

From May 18th – 21th we will be present at the Breakbulk Europe with our own stand.

Visit us at booth #818H4 at the Antwerp Expo, Antwerp in Belgium.

See you at the Break Bulk Europe 2015!

Interview with Martijn Hordijk, UAL Netherlands

Martijn Hordijk (35) holds the position of Commercial Manager at UAL Netherlands. In this very first edition of our interview series, he answers frankly to a few professional and personal questions.

What is your current job position?

In my daily job I assist and provide solutions for our clients throughout Europe for their breakbulk and project cargoes from Europe to Africa and in addition from Africa to Europe for the Oil & Gas Industry. 

My office is located in Capelle aan den IJssel but love to travel and meet our clients face to face.

What was your first job?

My very first job was at a small audio- video- and camera shop during my high school years. In the weekends I did my best to sell tv’s and photo camera’s but most fun part was the in house movie library. I watched all the blockbuster and not so good movies from the 90’s.

Besides work what are your passions?

I love to do some running and sometimes train for long distance races like a 15k or marathon. Also writing and contributing articles/posts by spotting interesting places, activities and events for the Rotterdam cityblog of Spotted by Locals is one of my passions.

Have you ever visited Africa? 

Yes! The beautiful island of Bioko in Equatorial Guinea, probably more known for its port Malabo K5. I visited the terminal K5 which is part of the UAL Alliance and have travelled across the island. Now very excited to visit the other countries in Africa.

Have you ever sailed on a ship? 

Yes! I have sailed onboard an Universal Africa Lines vessel from Aberdeen to Larvik. During the voyage I worked with the crew and experienced bad weather so no rest during the night. The Captain told me this was nothing compared to the sailing to Las Palmas.  This will most likely be my next trip.

If you would live somewhere else which country would you choose?

Definitely Bali, Indonesia. During my last holiday I met the very friendly locals and their relaxed way of living. I love it! Also the temperature is very nice and the local food is one of my favorite.

Connect with Martijn Hordijk via LinkedIn

UAL Newsflash Oct. 2014

Read the latest issue of our UAL group newsletter!

In this issue: 

  • Breakbulk Americas Huge Succes!
  • Ebola Virus Update
  • Twin Filter potable water plant at K5 Oil Centre
  • MV UAL Coburg
  • Sailing Schedule Week 41


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