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Our Cargo service offers

A regular service to St Helena and Ascension from Cape Town and visa versa. The transit time between Cape Town and St Helena is 7 days.

There are regular transhipment opportunities for the movement of cargo to and from the UK and European ports to the Island via Cape Town.

Versatile facilities
The service is suitable for dry break-bulk, reefer, LCL, FCL (teu) and out-of-gauge consignments up to approximately 80 tonnes total weight. Please enquire for lifting restrictions for heavy cargo.

Personal and household goods, vehicles and pets can be carried for those relocatingto St Helena or Ascension.

General Information

We have the capacity to carry 364 TEU’s of which 25 could be reefer. 40ft reefers can be accepted subject to the ability to discharge and unstuff 40ft containers at your destination. AWSML as managers of the service have 20ft dry container and a number of 20ft reefer containers to provide equipment for the service. We can accept both 20ft FCL and LCL reefers and cool cargo loads.

St Helena Line – Way Bills
Policy and Procedure on the use of Way Bills for the St Helena Shipping Service.

A Way Bill is a non-negotiable document which has all the terms and conditions of a Bill of Lading applying to it, this is stated on the Way Bill. The Way Bill also has some terms & conditions in its own right and these are printed on the face of the document.

Copies of the Bill of Lading terms & conditions will be available on request and will be publicly displayed in all agents offices.

For the vast majority of cargo carried on all routes on the St Helena Shipping service the Way Bill can be used. Only on the rare occasions is a full negotiable Bill of Lading necessary.

The purpose of a Way Bill is to reduce / eliminate the need for shipping documents to be sent to the Port of Destination agents for release of cargo. With this in mind, cargo covered by a Way Bill has a simplified method of release. One of the following methods can be used to satisfy the Port of Discharge agency sufficiently to issue a release order:

  1. The person / company applying for release of the cargo must supply proof of identity
  2. The identity can be any of the following:
    • For a private person – Passport, Driving Licence or other official form of identity which corresponds with the manifest consignee details.
    • For a company – a copy of the commercial invoice which shows the shipper and the consignee as per the manifest OR a request for release on the consignees official letter head and the contents of the letter must describe the cargo and give details of the shipper.