Maersk Line announced the launch of its new Far East-Chennai weekly service to be known as the Chennai Express service from September 14, 2010.
The port rotation for this new weekly service is: Shanghai – Yantian – Tanjung Pelepas – Port Klang – Chennai – Vishakhapatnam – Tanjung Pelepas – Shanghai
Four vessels of around 2,900 TEU capacities each will be deployed on this service which will begin from Shanghai in September.
On the occasion, said Mr Rizwan Soomar, Managing Director, Maersk Line (India & Sri Lanka), “Given the strong growth in auto and electronics sector, we would like to target the Far East to South East India route (Chennai/Kolkata) through this direct Far East to East India service. This service will also be extremely reliable for consumer durables, personal care products and other transit-sensitive goods.”
The service promises to connect two of the fastest growing regions (India and China) and underlines Maersk Line’s commitment to South and East India with this best in class product, directly covering East China, South China and South East Asia. The service will also connect North China, Korea and Japan at Tanjung Pelepas.
Continued Mr Soomar, “There has been a space constraint on this trade and the introduction of this service will ease of the capacity on this trade to a large extent. This is another key addition to our robust portfolio of products for Maersk Line India. We will continue to look for opportunities that can add value to our customers.”
The transit time of the CHX service ex-Shanghai to Chennai will be 13 days and provides amongst the best transit times in the market. The first port call will be from Shanghai on Sep 14, 2010 and is scheduled to call Chennai on Sep 27, 2010.