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Freighter Travel

Europe - South Africa


France - Portugal - South Africa

Freighter Travel from Le Havre or Sines to Cape Town or Durban

Route FR8-141 (Route sections possible):

Sines/ Portugal - Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)/ Spain - Lome/ Togo - Cape Town/ South Africa - Coega/ South Africa - Durban/ South Africa - Coega - Cape Town - Las Palmas - London/ England - Rotterdam/ Netherlands - Hamburg/ Germany - Le Havre/ France - Sines


ca. every 2 months
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Ship & Cabin Details

France - Portugal - South Africa

Freighter Travel from Le Havre or Sines to Cape Town or Durban

Rio Negro

Flag: Portugal
Year built: 2006
Size: 102,762 tdw
Length: 334.08 m
Breadth: 42.80 m

Ship Facilities

excercise room, table tennis, video/TV, lift, air conditioning, deck chairs, lounge, onboard voltage 220V, onboard language Englisch, onboard currency US$

Cabin Facilities

  • Cabin 1:
    1 Double Cabin "Owner", F-Deck, 1 double bed (2.00 x 1.40 m), carpet, shower / WC, seating area with a table, desk, fridge, TV/DVD, view may be blocked by containers
  • Cabin 2:
    1 Single Cabin "Chief Steward", E-Deck, single bed (2.00 x 1.40 m), carpet, shower / WC, sofa, desk, free view to the side
Explanatory Notes

France - Portugal - South Africa

Freighter Travel from Le Havre or Sines to Cape Town or Durban

For booking your journey with the shipping company NSB, please send back the following documents filled-out and signed best by email or fax:

After receiving your booking forms, we will send you the booking confirmation and invoice whereupon a deposit of 25% is due. The balance is payable until 2 months prior departure. 
If you pay from outside the EURO-zone, paying by credit card might be the cheapest option. But still we have to charge a non-refundable credit card fee of 2.5%.

Further Documents required not later than 14 days prior departure:

  • Medical Certificate (not earlier than 30 days prior departure): Make sure that ALL questions are answered and the Certificate is signed and stamped by your doctor.
  • Health Declaration: Due to the current health circumstances in addition this form not earlier than 5 days prio departure.
  • International health insurance: Send us a copy of your Travel Health Insurance (with your name and contract number) including the Insurance Declaration.  
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination (obligatory in Latin America, Suez Canal and South Africa): Consider, that the regulations of the shipping company and ports may vary from those of the WHO. In some cases a Yellow Fever Exemption due to medical reasons might be accepted (not in Latin America).
  • Copy of your Visa and onward- or return ticket (depending on your destination).
    This shipping company enables passengers to enter the USA with the ESTA registration.
  • Let us know, if you plan to bring your bike
  • Declaration to Passage Contract: Only relevant on routes crossing the Suez Canal.

For further details we refer to:

Without these documents the shipping company will not be able to issue the travel documents. Please take those required documents with you on board. You will recieve your travel documents about 10 days prior departure.

You will travel on a modern Containership. Please keep in mind, that the freight on board has to be handled with first priority and therefore ports of call can be changed or cancelled in a few cases on short notice. A freighter navigates based on a fixed schedule, however there can always be changes. Therefore we advise strongly to plan your arrival at the port of embarkation and the departure from the port of disembarkation flexible and to consider this when you book your tickets to or from the port. In rare cases even the cancellation of the trip is possible.

The lay time in the ports may take in most cases 8-12 hours and in a few cases up to 2 or even 3 days.

Generally there should be enough time for excursions and sightseeing for going ashore during shore leaves. The captain, the crew or the port agent are certainly happy to give recommendations.

On the day of your arrival it will probably be very busy on board as there might be a crew change, caterers and employees of the shipping company and port agents or other authorities are visiting the ship. During this time it could happen, that the captain and officers cannot welcome you, show you around or even answer your questions. But when there is less hectic this will be done. We kindly ask for your understanding! You will see, once you have left the shore a routine on board will appear.

Explanatory Notes

Depending on the particular cargo loaded, changes or variations may be possible.

Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months counting from voyage commencement. For this freighter travel a medical certificate is required from all passengers. Age restriction for this trip: minimum age is 6 / maximum age 79.

The agency 'SLOWTRAVEL experience' is not the operator, rather the agent of this travel. Therefore the terms & conditions of the shipping company is applicable. For further information please do not hesitate to contact us either by phone or by email.

Some minor modifications and shifts can be expected!

Further photos and descriptions about freighter travel you may find here using the example of the MSC Ilona.