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New Shanghai-Chennai weekly service launched

N. Anand
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The maiden Halal Express, which will connect Chennai with Shanghai on Sundays, berths at Chennai port. — Photo: Special Arrangement
The maiden Halal Express, which will connect Chennai with Shanghai on Sundays, berths at Chennai port. — Photo: Special Arrangement

With the maiden call of Halal Express Loop 2 (HE2)'s m.v. Stadt Sevilla at Chennai Port on Sunday, Malaysia International Shipping Corporation (MISC) has launched its weekly service between Shanghai and Chennai.

This is MISC's second service within six months and East India Service was launched on March 27.

According to DP World Chennai officials, Stadt Sevilla had brought in 194 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) of import containers and will be carrying 210 TEUs export containers. The port rotation for this new weekly service is: Shanghai–Pusan–Qingdao–Singapore–Port Kelang–Nhava Sheva–Chennai–Singapore–Shanghai.

Four vessels of around 2526 to 2824 TEU capacities each will be deployed on this weekly service, with the vessel calling Chennai on every Sunday afternoon.

HE2 provides nine-day transit to Shanghai and is the fastest from Chennai to Shanghai. This will be a value addition to the EXIM trade in South India.

Ennarasu Karunesan, Director and CEO, DP World Chennai, welcomed the Master of the Vessel and said that the new service would benefit the South Indian trade at large.

On September 27, Maersk Line's Chennai Express (CHX) commenced its weekly service between Shanghai and Chennai (on Mondays). Four vessels of around 2,900 TEU capacities each have been deployed on this service.

As per the schedule, the vessel will depart from Shanghai port and in the process will visit the ports of Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Klang, Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, Tanjung Pelepas and reach Shanghai. The transit time of the CHX service (ex-Shanghai) to Chennai will be 13 days.

Port officials said that the new service directly covered East China, South China and South East Asia and it will also connect North China, Korea and Japan at Tanjung Pelepas.

“It is the most reliable service from Asia to Visakhapatnam and Kolkata. It will be extremely helpful for automotive, electronics goods, consumer durables, personal care products and other transit-sensitive goods. Given the strong growth in auto and electronics sector, Maersk Line would target the Far East to South East India route (Chennai/Kolkatta) through this direct Far East to East India service,” they said.

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