Maersk Sealand next week will launch a new weekly service from the western Indian port of Pipavav.
The company said it has begun accepting cargo for the service, which will cater to shippers from Gujarat state, where Pipavav is located, as well as from northern India.
The service will link Pipavav with the Port of Salalah, Oman, providing Indian shippers with direct connections to destinations in the U.S., Europe, Mideast and the Mediterranean.
Maersk Sealand will use 1,200-TEU-size feeder vessels for the service. Ships will arrive Tuesdays and leave on Thursdays. The service will provide an alternate gateway to congested Jawaharlal Nehru, the country's main container port.
Pipavav does not have a dedicated container terminal yet, but A.P. Moller, Maersk Sealand's parent company, is taking a lead role in developing a full-fledged terminal with an estimated handling capacity of 600,000 TEUs a year.
Other than Maersk Sealand, carriers that call at Pipavav include Pacific International Lines, P&O, Hyundai, Zim Navigation, Norasia Container Lines, Uniglory and CMA CGM.