About UAFL

Our Mission

Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands premier feeder service

Our team is constantly developing specialized, high-quality solutions that have sustained UAFL's current regional status as East Africa's and the Indian Ocean Islands' premier feeder service. We are able to ensure constant customer satisfaction through straightforward transactions, efficiency, competitive rates, value-added innovations and continuous progression.

Our vessels link the Indian Ocean Islands and the East Coast of Africa with the rest of the world, providing access to global markets. We pride ourselves on our flexibility and an ability to make quick decisions to meet customer demands in a rapidly changing shipping environment."


Michael McKeown - UAFL Managing Director




Our Company

Flexibility - Reliability - Customer orientation

UAFL is a specialist for shipping goods from and to the Indian Ocean covering East and Southern Africa and the Islands of the Indian Ocean.

Working in a challenging environment, we make things work, having a vast knowledge of the African market, its challenges and its requirements through a professional and dedicated team.

our Services

  • Comprehensive product network in the
    Indian Ocean region
  • Stowage Consultation
  • Container Fleet
  • Inland Services

UAFL Profile

UAFL's shipping activities have evolved over the years from a small feeder carrier serving remote coastal ports in East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands to a leading regional shipping line offering global access to the Southern and East African coasts and the Islands. This is made possible with a fleet of multi-purpose, self-sustained, geared vessels suitable for carrying containers and break bulk, heavy lift special project shipments and hazardous cargoes.

UAFL offers a comprehensive network of trade routes within the region, linking the Islands and the East African coast with Europe, the Far East, the Americas, the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent via a number of key regional transshipment hubs.

UAFL aims to offer a unique customer base world wide coverage from remote locations in an area known for its limitations and complexities.

UAFL has the unique ability to tailor services and rotations around specific customer requirements and thereby adding strategic value to global supply chains

The head-office of UAFL is based in Mapou, Mauritius.

Our History

United Africa Feeder Line, UAFL was founded in 2000 as a regional feeder service in Africa and has become a leading regional carrier within the Indian Ocean. It has developed a large network of close ties and relationships with prominent local, regional and international carriers and and operate services from Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, Far East, South Africa and Europe to the East Coast of Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

The groups established the Port of Mutsamudu on the Island of Anjouan as UAFL's key transshipment hub in the region handling containers to and from the Far East, Europe and the Gulf, the Indian Subcontinent, Reunion, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique and South Africa.

UAFL is founded on innovation and client demands and continues to explore areas for expansion to support regional growth.

Our Team

Dr. Dag Sven Dieckmann

Managing Director UAFL Group (Indian Ocean Shipping Holdings)

Working in Africa is fascinating and rewarding but also pretty challenging. As being born in Germany and educated in Germany, France and the UK, I got inspired by Africa when I joined DAL Deutsche Afrika-Linien in 2009. Before that time, I had been working as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In 2011 I took over the responsibility as Managing Director for the UAFL group (Indian Ocean Shipping Holdings). Beside UAFL, the group covers the port operations of Anjouan Stevedoring Corporation (ASC), the trading activities under the brand of Eastborne Maritime Trading (EMT) and the Spanfreight Shipping agency organisation(SSL).

Michael McKeown

Managing Director UAFL

I have been with UAFL since its inception and am fully aware of the difficulties of not only operating in an intricate region, but also of operating as a small regional player in an ever more world-wide industry dominated by a handful of global players. Our continued success in such an environment is testimony to our knowledge of our region and also to the focus and belief of our small and motivated team. I believe it is these factors that set us apart in the modern container industry and will the foundation of our success in the years to come.

Lomie Tapela

Trade Manager Indian Subcon/South East Asia/China Trades

The past 9 years of my life have been dedicated to the world of shipping. I was inducted into the industry by the largest Shipping Line and moved through different roles within customer service, sales and commercial management. Having recently joined the UAFL team - I find myself at the heart of shipping. Being part of this dynamic, critically thinking, and knowledgeable team is a great experience. Our size is our strength; it provides strategic advantage in our capacity to react quickly to a turbulent industry; as well as assists us in our goal to successfully provide a great service to each of our customers.

Deepak E Bahuleyan

Trade Manager Europe/Middle East

I have been in the liner shipping industry for more than 24 years and have worked with leading carriers during this period, gaining insightful experience in the trade routes from the Middle East - Europe, Africa, South East Asia, the Far East and the US trade lane. This has helped nurture a vast network of relationships within and outside this industry.
My association with UAFL began with the inception of UAFL’s flagship service (MEX- Middle East Express Service). I’m proud of being a part of this small dynamic team and becoming part of UAFL’s growth through these challenging years. In my capacity as Trader Manager - Europe / Middle East, I share and steer towards a collective aim of maintaining UAFL’s legacy as a caring partner to its customers by offering the best possible service & support by making myself accessible whenever they need assistance. I’m confident that with the support of our customers, UAFL will be ahead in the race by making service the differentiator compared to other carriers.

Ludovic Marie

Equipment Manager

I started in the shipping industry in 2002 and joined UAFL since 2009 as the first Mauritian team member. Since then we have built up a solid equipment department where all equipment related matters are treated with competency and efficiency. It is a pleasure working in a very well structured and knowledgeable company like ours and member of a well-motivated team providing quality services. Although being a small company, I believe UAFL has the key to success with a bright future.

Ashish Joshi

Operations Manager

I had heard about UAFL within the shipping circles and was immediately impressed by the fact that this lean team operates with such a balanced portfolio in an inherently dynamic business environment. This led me to reach out to Dr. Dag Dieckmann and Michael McKeown, expressing a willingness to be a part of this team and am glad that they accepted me. My sailing career started as a cadet in 2002 and I swallowed the anchor in 2018 after having being in command for five years. Since then, the association with shipping has continued in shore based operations. Being a member of UAFL family has been an enjoyable experience so far and am eager to sail on this entrepreneurial journey, with a team that has a great sense of purpose, visible clarity of thought and a grit to achieve our goals.


Audrey Nelson

Equipment Co-ordinator

Valerie Moutou

Equipment Co-ordinator

Tassee Mewhoor

Office Manager / Administration