Five-line consortium to deploy six-vessel string linking the Indian West Coast with Malaysia, Singapore and China
MUMBAI: APM Terminals Mumbai received the 5,047 TEU capacity CSL Santa Maria, representing the first call of another new Far Eastern service for the terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port, located in India’s Nhava Sheva Port Complex at Mumbai on July 19th.
The weekly service, operated with a six-vessel string of the 4,200 - 5,000 TEU capacity category, links the West Coast of India with Malaysia, Singapore and China.
The CSL Santa Maria, operated by Cyprus Sea Lines, is provided by French-based CMA-CGM, which operates the service under the name China India Middle East Express 2X (CIMEX2X).
The service is shared by Korean-based Hyundai Merchant Marine, which provides two vessels, under the name China-West India Express (CWI); Korean-based KMTC, which deploys one vessel, under the name Asia-India Subcontinent Service 2 (AIS2); Hong Kong-based Pendulum Express Lines, deploying one vessel under its North Asia - India Subcontinent Service (NISC); and the Shipping Corporation of India, providing one vessel under its India-Far East Express 2 service (INDFEX2).
“We are excited to welcome this new service and are proud that the members of the consortium have chosen APM Terminals Mumbai. We re-affirm our commitment to provide safe, efficient and productive terminal operations in India’s largest container port” stated APM Terminals Mumbai COO Mr. Ravi Gaitonde.
The port rotation originates in Tianjin, China and calls Qingdao and Ningbo, before proceeding to Singapore, Port Kelang, Malaysia and Nhava Sheva/Mumbai.
The Eastbound leg leaves Nhava Sheva for Mundra and Hazira, on India’s West Coast and calls Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Port Kelang and Singapore before returning to Tianjin.
Nhava Sheva is the busiest container port in India, handling a record 4.5 million TEUs in 2016, with APM Terminals Mumbai accounting for 1.8 million TEUs, or 40% of the port’s total container volume.