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Africa and the United States. In the last two years, the company added its Transatlantic Service between northwest
Europe, the United States and Mexico.
MACS also recently focused on expanding and modernizing its fleet. "Our last new builds were delivered four
years ago," Groves says, noting that the company also has
purchased second hand tonnage in recent years.
Capable Vessels
Today, MACS has a total of 15 to 20 vessels in the water
at any one time. "Typically, our ships are big, versatile,
multi-purpose vessels capable of carrying containers and
break bulk project cargo," Groves says.
"As far as multipurpose liner carriers are concerned,
we're ranked in the top 10 in the world," he says. The company is a leader when it comes to shipping between South
Africa and Europe or South Africa and the United States.
Although MACS is relatively new to the Transatlantic
trade, "We have quite a few customers in all three trades,"
he says. MACS's clients include many of the large players in

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South Africa's mining machinery market, including Caterpillar, Komatsu and Atlas Copco.
Industry Impacts
The market has been difficult for MACS in recent years,
Groves admits. "But we're starting to see increases in the
shipping industry, particularly over the last three months,"
he reports.
The company also has seen an increase in ship costs
as well as environmental policies. This past September, a
regulation came into effect requiring cargo ships to install
ballast water treatment systems.
"That has led to increased scrapping of some of the
older ships," he says, noting that there is also pressure on
reducing ship emissions. "Those will have an impact on
the industry in the upcoming years, [as we'll be] moving to
cleaner fuels."
The company also is seeing concerns on both the United
States and South African sides, due to "anti-trade talk in


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