OOCL and Yang Ming Line have expanded their joint China-Pakistan Express (CPX) Service by adding a direct call at Adani Hazira Container Terminal, a private facility in West India, starting in mid-April.
The intra-Asia service will now offer the following port rotation: Shanghai, Ningbo and Shekou, China; Singapore, Karachi, Pakistan; Mundra and Hazira, India; Port Kelang, Malaysia; Singapore; Hong Kong; and back to Shanghai. The weekly service currently employs five ships, including the 4,662-TEU YM Enlightenment inducted into Yang Ming’s fleet in January this year.
In a trade advisory, Hong Kong-based OOCL said the new CPX rotation would provide the “very first direct connection from Hazira to Far East destinations.”
The first vessel to call the Hazira terminal in the upgraded schedule will be the OOCL Chicago, arriving on April 12.
Hazira Port, about 120 nautical miles north of Nhava Sheva (Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust), started container operations in August 2012. Built by Adani Group, which owns and operates the country’s biggest non-government cargo terminal at Mundra, AHCT has a total quay length of 2,099 feet, a 42-foot draft and four quay cranes, with an annual capacity of nearly 1 million 20-foot-equivalent units.