Wan Hai Lines will join the India-Far East Express Service operated by a consortium of Shipping Corp. of India, Pacific International Lines and “K” Line.
Effective April 30, the Taiwan-based carrier will become a vessel provider on the weekly service, phasing in two vessels.
The new INDFEX1 will operate with five vessels of 4,000 20-foot equivalent units capacity, compared with the current five 3,000-TEU vessels. The three original consortium members will contribute one vessel each.
The existing vessel sharing agreement includes two vessels each by SCI and PIL, and one by "K" Line.
The upgraded service will increase weekly capacity on the route by about 25 percent, and also enhance port coverage with additional calls at Port Kelang and Hong Kong on the eastbound leg.
The revised rotation will be Pusan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Port Kelang, Colombo, Nhava Sheva (Jawaharlal Nehru), Colombo, Port Kelang, Singapore, Hong Kong, and back to Pusan.