News From : DagangHalal.com (07 Oct 2009)
MISC Berhad expanded its Halal Express Service 1 (HES1) between the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East with a direct call at India’s Port of Pipavav.
The new port call is in addition to the existing call at the Port of Nhava Sheva (Jawaharlal Nehru), the country’s largest container gateway.
The revised port rotation is Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou, Jakarta, Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Karachi, Jebel Ali, Bandar Abbas, Pipavav, Nhava Sheva, Colombo, Port Kelang, Singapore, and back to Shanghai.
The expanded weekly HES1, deploying six vessels of 4,250 20-foot equivalent units capacity, helps cover the trade moving to and from the western state of Gujarat, and provides new options for customers in the country’s northern hinterland region including Delhi, Ludhiana and Jaipur.
The move comes just as the Malaysia-based carrier upgraded its independently-run Halal Express with a second loop, effective last month. The HES2 rotation is Yokohama, Nagoya, Shanghai, Xiamen, Singapore, Port Kelang, Colombo, Nhava Sheva, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Karachi, Port Kelang, Singapore and Yokohama.
Pipavav, managed by A.P. Moller-Maersk, is India’s first port to be developed through the public-private-partnership model. The APM Group holds 54 percent equity in the port, while the remainder is held by domestic and foreign institutional investors.
The west coast hub hosts several fixed-day weekly sailings, providing direct connections to key trade lanes of Europe, the U.S. East Coast and the Far East.
By The Journal of Commerce Online