Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea Launch New Maritime Line for Passenger and Goods Transport

Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea launch new fluvio-maritime line in 2024, boosting trade and connectivity between the two Central African nations.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea Launch New Maritime Line for Passenger and Goods Transport

Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea Launch New Maritime Line for Passenger and Goods Transport

President Paul Biya of Cameroon has approved the opening of a new fluvio-maritime line between Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea for passenger and goods transport in 2024. The inaugural voyage is scheduled for April 26, 2024, with the M/V Dona Candida ship of the Viteoca company departing from the port city of Douala, Cameroon to Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea. The return voyage will take place on April 28.

This new maritime connection was jointly initiated and conducted by the Cameroonian and Equatorial Guinean authorities, in collaboration with the Equatorial Guinean company Viteoca. Désiré Jean Claude Owono Menguele, the Cameroonian ambassador to Equatorial Guinea, expressed satisfaction with the successful establishment of this maritime line.

Why this matters: The opening of this fluvio-maritime line is anticipated to increase trade volume and strengthen sub-regional integration between the two Central African countries. It will also provide travelers with a secure and comfortable maritime transportation option, complementing the existing air route between Douala and Malabo and land-based exchanges through the border town of Kyé Ossi.

While specific details such as the frequency and cost of the service have not been disclosed, the launch of this maritime line constitutes a significant step forward in enhancing connectivity and economic cooperation between Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. "The opening of this fluvio-maritime line is expected to increase the volume of trade, strengthen the sub-regional integration process, and provide travelers with a secure and comfortable maritime transportation option," stated the Cameroonian embassy in Equatorial Guinea.

The successful completion of this project, with the support of the high authorities of both countries, highlights the commitment to nurturing closer ties and facilitating the movement of people and goods in the region. As the M/V Dona Candida prepares to set sail on its inaugural voyage from Douala to Malabo on April 26, 2024, it symbolizes a new chapter in the maritime connectivity between Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

Key Takeaways

  • Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea to launch new maritime line in 2024.
  • Inaugural voyage scheduled for April 26, 2024, from Douala to Malabo.
  • Line expected to boost trade, integration, and passenger transport between countries.
  • Collaboration between Cameroonian and Equatorial Guinean authorities and Viteoca company.
  • Project highlights commitment to enhancing regional connectivity and economic cooperation.