Wallenius Wilhelmsen launches U.S.-Mid-East service

Wallenius Wilhelmsen launches U.S.-Mid-East service

Wallenius Wilhelmsen announced today it would initiate a new, direct service to the Middle East from the U.S. East and Gulf coasts. The service will commence in early March, and will offer two sailings per month, with continuing service to the Far East on a monthly basis.

The U.S. load ports will be Baltimore, Savannah, Galveston and Jacksonville, and the discharge ports will be Jeddah, Dubai, Dammam and Kuwait. The discharge ports in the Far East will be Singapore and Shanghai. Additional ports of call will be serviced via transshipment and demand, the company said.

"The enhancement of our Middle East service is in response to the needs of our customers, and part of the ongoing expansion of our global network," said Ray Fitzgerald, executive vice president-commercial, for Wallenius Wilhelmsen.

The vessels deployed in the new service will be pure car/truck carriers and roll-on/roll-off, capable of handling automobiles, ro-ro and non-container/breakbulk cargo.

Cargo destined for the Middle East, or Far East, from South and Central America can be transferred to the new direct service in Galveston, the company said.