Middle East

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SeaLead joins Blue Water Lines on Gulf India Express (GIX) service

SeaLead will join Blue Water Lines on the Gulf India Express (GIX) service calling at Mundra, Nhava Sheva, Sohar, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Mundra from 22 February 2024. The GIX was first launched in November 2023 by Blue Water Lines, owned by India's Abrao Group, using the 1,662 teu ABRAO COCHIN on a fortnightly frequency calling at Mundra, Nhava Sheva, Sohar, Dammam, Khalifa bin Salman, Jebel Ali, Mundra. The GIX will be upgraded to a weekly service with SeaLead adding the 1,560 teu TAICHUNG from 2

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Maersk launch ME8 for Middle East and Europe connections via Cape of Good Hope

Maersk will launch a new ME8 service calling at Doha, Dammam, Jubail, Jebel Ali, Abu Dhabi, Duqm, Tanger, Port Said, Barcelona, Tanger, Algeciras, Salalah, Jebel Ali, Doha using the longer route via the Cape of Good Hope. The first sailing will be made on 14 February 2024 with the 9,034 teu SAN CLEMENTE on the westbound voyage at Doha while the 4,253 teu CONSTATINOS P II will make the first eastbound voyage at Port Said on 17 February. The service will turn in 13 weeks on an extended rotation

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Milaha adds Upper Gulf Express (UGX) service

Milaha has launched a new Upper Gulf Express (UGX) service connecting Sohar, Jebel Ali, Hamad, Dammam, Shuwaikh, Umm Qasr, Sohar from 20 January 2024. The service turns in 2 weeks and deploys the 1,015 OSHAIRIJ and AL RUMEILA.

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ONE and Samudera add Straits India Gulf (SIG) service

Samudera will be a vessel operating partner with ONE on the Southeast Asia to India and Gulf/Straits India Gulf (SIG) service that was launched on 16 November 2023. The SIG service calls at Singapore, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Dammam, Jebel Ali, Cochin, Colombo, Singapore using 4 ships of 2,500-2,800 teu on a 28 day rotation, of which Samudera will contribute the 2,824 teu MONACO, that will operate alongside 3 ships operated by ONE (2,542 teu SAFEEN PRISM, 2,664 teu NYK ISABEL and 2,824 teu MONACO).

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SeaLead introduces Red Sea Service

SeaLead will launch a new Red Sea Service connecting Jeddah, Djibouti, Hodeidah, Jeddah from mid December 2023 with the 1,732 teu HAIAN WEST. The service will turn in 18-28 days using a single ship initially on an irregular frequency due to congestion at Hodeidah.

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COSCO/OOCL launch UAE-India Sub-Continent Gulf 2 (UIG2) service

COSCO and OOCL have introduced a new UAE-India Sub-Continent Gulf 2 (UIG2) service calling at Nhava Sheva, Hazira, Mundra, Abu Dhabi, Jebel Ali, Sharjah, Khalifa bin Salman, Abu Dhabi, Sohar, Nhava Sheva from 22 November 2023. The service replaces the current Asia Gulf India 2 (AGI2) service that calls at Singapore, Mundra, Jebel Ali, Abu Dhabi, Hamad, Khalifa bin Salman, Abu Dhabi, Singapore. The UIG2 turns in 21 days using 3 ships - the 2,174 teu ADVANCE and SPRINTER, together with the 1,7

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X-Press Feeders launch Jeddah Hodeidah X-Press (JHX)

X-Press Feeders has introduced a new Jeddah Hodeidah X-Press (JHX) service that connects Jeddah, Djibouti, Hodeidah, Jeddah from 10 November 2023 using the 1,866 teu EA BLUE NILE and 1,645 teu X-PRESS KOHIMA. The service will operate on an irregular rolling schedule without fixed windows on a full rotation that will take 28 to 32 days due to berth congestion at Djibouti and Hodeidah. The service will call at both the RSGT and DPW terminal in Jeddah. The JHX will complement the existing Jeddah

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ONE adds Southeast Asia to India and Gulf (SIG) service

ONE has announced the launch of a new Southeast Asia to India and Gulf (SIG) service from 16 November 2023. The service will call at Singapore, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Dammam, Jebel Ali, Cochin, Colombo, Singapore using 4 ships that are yet to be assigned in a 28 day rotation.

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Aladin Express make pioneer call at Jazan port

Aladin Express has added a call at Hutchison Ports Jazan on its India-Turkey Express (ITX) service from 28 September 2023 with the 1,496 teu WARNOW BOATSWAIN. The ITX connects Nhava Sheva, Mundra and Istanbul but the port calls and service frequency are irregular. The ITX call at Jazan is the port's first container service following its inauguration on 7 September 2023. Aladin Express (ALX) was established in April 2020 with the backing of Hutchison Port Holdings. ALX started its maiden servi

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Vietnam Gulf India (VGI) upgrade - CMA CGM joins as vessel operator

The Vietnam Gulf India/RCL Gulf Asean/Vietnam Gulf Express/Saigon Gulf Service (VGI/RGA/VGX/SGS) service jointly operated by ESL, KMTC, RCL, CU Lines and Global Feeder Shipping will be upgraded from the 2,500 teu scale to 5,500 teu starting from September 2023, with CMA CGM joining as the 6th partner in the service who brands it as the Vietnam Gulf India (VGI) service. The service was first launched in January 2022 using up to 5 ships of 2,000-2,700 teu and called initially at Ho Chi Minh City,

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