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Port Klang attracts 16 new services

Despite talks about declining freight rates and surge in container shipping capacity Port Klang attracted 16 new services in the first half of this year.


On the long-haul service, the New World Alliance members comprising Hyundai Merchant Marine, APL-NOL and Mitsui OSK Line mounted a new service to Europe in the second quarter.


The weekly Asia Europe service connects Le Harve, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Southampton in a single string and provides the fastest transit time of 15 days between Port Klang and Le Harve.


APL-NOL on the other hand started offering three new services from Westport this year namely Red Sea Express, Transpacific PS1 service and Malaysia Service.  


The PS1 service is the first direct service from Westport to West Coast of America, which links Seattle and San Pedro in the US.


APL-NOL also mounted a fixed-day (Tuesday) weekly direct service from Westport to ports in the Red Sea region, namely Aden, Jeddah, Addis, Ababa Aqaba while Uniglory of Taiwan complemented by another weekly Sunday service linking Westport - Singapore - Colombo - Yemen - Jeddah - Aqaba and Jordan.


On the Indian sub-continent sector Bombay Malaysia Express service, operated by Mitsui OSK Lines expanded further with inclusion of three new partners during the year, namely Hyundai Merchant Marine, Advance Container Line and Samudera Indonesia.


The loop N of the India Service, calls Port Klang every Friday and covers Singapore, Colombo, Nhava Sheva, Cochin, Colombo, Port Klang, While Loop B servie calls Port Klang every Thursday covering Singapore, Mumbai, Colombo, Penang and Port Klang.


In the Intra-Asian sector, China Shipping Container Line, has further introduced two additional services between Port Klang and the Chinese market. 


Both China Express service and China-South East Asia Service operated by the line link Port Klang with major five Chinese ports namely Tianjin, Longkou, Qingdao, Hong Kong and Ningbo.


Regional specialist, Wan Hai line inaugurated Japan China Service on May 24 this year covering Port Klang, Pasir Gudang, Singapore, Hong Kong, Osaka, Yokohama, Tokyo, Qingdao and Shanghai while South Korean's Hyundai Merchant Marine and Sinokor Merchant Marine  extended their direct service to PK.


The growing list of MLOs at Port Klang attracted an additional three other new regional feeder operators – Vega Star Marine, New Econ Line and Bangladesh Shipping Corporation.


The national carrier of Bangladesh - Bangladesh Shipping Line - joined the other feeder operators at Northport - HRC Shipping, QC Container Line, Sea Consortium, Orient Express Line - to serve their country port of Chittagong effective May this year. 


Westport managed to attract Hub Line and Feeder Associate System thus widening the regional feedering options at the port.


Both carriers have mounted dedicated shuttle service to Thailand covering three major ports namely Bangkok, Bangpakong and Laem Cha Bang. 


Feeder Associate Systems, which has strong presence in the Middle East, has also commenced a dedicated service between Jakarta and Westport during the period.


Vega Star Marine mounted regular services between Port Klang and Prawang port in Sumatra, Indonesia while New Econ Line and Maersk line connected Port Klang with Ho Chi Minh and Saigon.


CMA CGM, increasingly a major player at Port Klang mounted a direct service to Vietnam market with Gemartrans in  joint slot sharing arrangement with Norasia and National Shipping Corporation of Saudi Arabia. 


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