The Middle East Gulf-China service that is jointly operated by a consortium of 6 carriers (PIL/CUL/ESL/KMTC/RCL/Wan Hai) will be upgraded from 9 January 2023 with new calls at Hamad and Singapore (westbound). The revised rotation will call at Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Shekou, Singapore, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Hamad, Singapore, Shanghai. The service was first launched in November 2021 and is branded respectively as the Gulf China Service (GCS) by PIL and KMTC, Asia Gulf Express (AGX) by CUL, Gulf Ch
HMM and NYK Bulk & Projects (NBP) have signed a collaboration agreement on 19 December 2022 to jointly operate a weekly break-bulk liner service between the Far East and Middle East. HMM currently operates 4 owned mpp ships of 30,100 dwt/1,888 teu equipped with 2 heavy-lift cranes of 320 tons that can be combined to lift 640 tons. It also charters in 1 to 2 heavy lift ships from AAL from a cooperation arrangement concluded in 2018. These mpp ships are mostly deployed on the Middle East route,
X-Press feeders will launch a new Sohar Qatar X-Press (SQX) service connecting Jebel Ali, Sohar, Jebel Ali, Mesaieed, Hamad, Jebel Ali on a butterfly rotation that will turn weekly in 7 days using a single 1,700 teu ship. The SQX is scheduled to start from Sohar on 1 January 2023.