Emirates Shipping Line makes maiden call on new service
Emirates Shipping Line (ESL), which launched a new shipping service GALEX last week, has announced the maiden call of the first vessel on the service at DP World’s terminal in Cochin, India.
GALEX is a consortium of four vessel operators - ESL, KMTC, RCL and Hanjin - which will be calling at Cochin port on the outward loop of the service from Pusan, South Korea.
GALEX will embark from Pusan, South Korea, calling at Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan, Singapore, Port Klang, Colombo, Cochin, Nhava Sheva, Mundra and Jebel Ali on the outward route.
The return route will depart from Jebel Ali direct to Port Klang, Hong Kong and finally back to Pusan.
GALEX consists of seven vessels, each with a capacity of 6,500-teu and reinforces Cochin Port's position as a transhipment hub.
"We are starting a direct weekly vessel call into Kochi to show our commitment to serve the growing trade between India and the United Arab Emirates,” said Abdullah Aljufairi, vice president, Commercial - Emirates Shipping Line.
"DP World values the importance of Cochin port in the commercial links between Kerala State and the UAE through their investment in the terminal and we understand the major difference a direct call between Kochi and Jebel Ali port can make to build on this relationship,” he added.
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