Safmarine, MOL launch India services

Safmarine, MOL launch India services

NEW DELHI - Safmarine Container Lines, a unit of the A.P. Moller group, is now offering a new direct service from the Indian sub-continent to European destinations in association with sister line Maersk Sealand.

The weekly service was launched last week from the P&O Ports'-operated Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT). Called the Prime Express, the service calls at Jebel Ali, Salalah, Jeddah, Algeciras, Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Bremenhaven, Antwerp, and Damietta.

Safmarine is using two of its largest ships with capacity of 6,500 TEUs each, while Maersk Sealand is deploying four vessels with similar capacity. Prime Express offers a transit time of 15 days from NSICT to Rotterdam.

Safmarine was a member of the Europe-Pakistan-India Consortium (EPIC) until June 30. It had announced earlier this year that it is resigning from EPIC and forming a new consortium with Maersk Sealand.

The carrier launched a specialized reefer service called FreshCare last year to meet the growing needs of Indian shippers for temperature sensitive and perishable cargo.

This week another new service from MOL and Norasia Container Lines linked the Indian sub-continent to the Persian Gulf and Europe.

The EuroGalex service has Norasia deploying five ships of 1,800 TEU capacities, and MOL deploying one. The port rotation for the service is Jebel Ali, Karachi, Nhava Sheva, Colombo, Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Hamburg, and Jebel Ali. The transit time from Nhava Sheva is 18 days to Felixstowe, 20 days to Hamburg, and 22 days to Rotterdam.