Hoegh Autoliners will start calling the Port of Charleston later this month with its Middle East service, which will bring two new ship calls a month to the port.
The first vessel, the Hoegh Bangkok, is scheduled to arrive at the Union Pier Terminal in Charleston on Jan. 29 to load BMWs made at the manufacturer’s South Carolina plant for export to the Middle East.
“Importantly, this is new business for the Port of Charleston,” said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority. “The service is expected to load more than 5,000 vehicles annually that Hoegh previously moved across a competing South Atlantic port.”
According to the car carrier's website, Hoegh's Middle East service offers four to five sailings a month from U.S. load ports that currently include Jacksonville, Baltimore, Wilmington, Del. and New York, to discharge ports in the Middle East that include Beirut, Aqaba, Jeddah, Port Sultan Qaboos, Dubai, Jebel Ali, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, and Dammam.
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