Safmarine is introducing a direct service it calls FMX between the Far East and main ports in West India and Pakistan by offering slots it is buying on a service operated by Simatech, the Dubai-based intra-Asia feeder line.
Safmarine's expansion of service offerings on that route reflects the rapid growth of demand on the intra-Asian trade lanes stretching from the Middle East to the Far East. Safmarine said it is offering slots on the service starting with the sailing of the Cardonia from Xingang in China on Feb. 17.
Safmarine Trade Director Kris Van Den Brande said the FMX service will provide transit times that average five days faster than its three existing services from North China and East China to India and Pakistan.
The port rotation for the FMX service is Xingang, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Klang, Nhava Sheva, Karachi and Colombo.
Safmarine said the FMX service complements its three existing services between the Far East and the Indian subcontinent, which include the Chennai Express, the Asia Gulf Service and the FM3 Service.
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