Middle East


Safeen introduces UAE Pakistan Gulf (UPG) service

Safeen Feeders has launched a new UAE Pakistan Gulf (UPG) service that connect Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Bahrain, Karachi, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi from 10 September 2023. The service turns in 14 days and deploys the 2,542 teu SAFEEN PRIME and SAFEEN PRIZE.


Hapag-Lloyd/Feedertech updates India-Gulf (IG1)/Arabian Gulf-India (AGIS) service

Hapag-Lloyd and Feedertech will update their jointly operated India-Gulf 1 (IG1)/Arabian Gulf-India (AGIS) service with a new rotation calling at Jebel Ali, Karachi, Kandla, Nhava Sheva, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Shuaiba, Umm Qasr, Jebel Ali. The revised rotation will replace the call at Mundra with new calls at Nhava Sheva and Kandla. It will continue to deploy 4 ships of 2,700 to 4,200 teu, with 3 units from Hapag-Lloyd and 1 unit from Feedertech. Revised rotation of the India-Gulf (IG1)/Arabian G


Maersk and X-Press Feeders to launch new Safina/China-Jebel Ali Express (CJX) service

Maersk and X-Press Feeders will jointly launch a new Safina/China-Jebel Ali Express (CJX) service that connects Ningbo, Shanghai, Shekou, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Klang, Jebel Ali, Colombo, Singapore from 19 September 2023. The service will turn in 6 ships of 4,000-5,000 teu, with 4 ships from Maersk and 2 ships from X-Press Feeders. The service will replace the existing China Jebel Ali X-Press/Arabian Express (CJX/ABX) and Straits Middle East X-Press/Arabian Star (SMX/ABS) service that calls res


Wan Hai and Unifeeder launch India-Middle East (IM1/IMS) service

Wan Hai and Feedertech/Unifeeder have teamed up to launch a new India-Middle East Service (IM1/IMS) that will call at Mundra, Nhava Sheva, Jebel Ali, Port Qasim, Mundra. The service will turn in 2 weeks and deploys the 1,858 teu BIG BREEZY from Wan Hai that will join the service on 1 August 2023 and the 1,613 teu SSL MUMBAI from Feedertech that joins on 8 August 2023. The India-Middle East Service (IM1/IMS) will start from 1 August 2023


Asyad Line upgrades Far East Express (FEX) with new Jakarta call

Asyad Line has upgraded its Far East Express (FEX) line that connects Oman with India, Singapore and Malaysia with the addition of a new call at Jakarta in Indonesia together with the addition of a 4th ship with the service frequency upgraded to weekly. The upgraded FEX rotation calls at Singapore, Port Klang, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Karachi, Sohar, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Jebel Ali, Nhava Sheva, Jakarta, Singapore. The first Jakarta call at made on 1 July 2023, marking Asyad's first direct call at Ind


Safeen introduces UAE-Kuwait feeder service

Safeen Feeders has launched a new UAE-Kuwait feeder service connecting Abu Dhabi and Shuwaikh port with the 1,368 teu SAFEEN PRIDE from 12 April 2023.


Safeen upgrades UAE-India-Gulf UIG service

Safeen Feeders have upgraded its UAE-India-Gulf (UIG) service with the introduction of 3,500 teu ships to the service from July 2023 with the port rotation streamlined to call at Abu Dhabi, Mundra, Nhava Sheva, Abu Dhabi, Umm Qasr, Dammam, Abu Dhabi. Calls at Kandla, Hamad and Bahrain that were previously in the UIG rotation have been dropped. The service will turn in 3 weeks with the larger ships including the 3,534 teu SSF DREAM and SSF DYNAMIC that are chartered from Simatech joining the 3,


PIL launch IR2 service to Yemen

PIL will launch a new Intra-Red Sea Feeder 2 (IR2) service connecting Djibouti, Hodeidah, Djibouti from 29 June 2023 using the 938 teu KOTA RAHMAT. The service complement the Intra-Red Sea Feeder 3 (IR3) service that calls at Djibout, Aden, Djibouti using the 1,802 KOTA HASRAT as part of PIL's moves to broaden its presence in Yemen.


Container Volumes Recover Slightly in May, Led by India and Singapore

Container volumes recovered slightly in May, with flash estimates showing a 1.4% month-on-month increase over April although it is still 1.6% lower compared to the same month last year. Year to date growth remains negative at -1.8% over the first 5 months of the year. The Indian sub-continent was one of the key bright spots with May volumes up 9.8% yoy. The 2 main Indian ports of Mundra and Nhava Sheva both recorded healthy volumes with YTD volume growth reaching 8.0% and 6.3% respectively. S


Asyad Line adds Red Sea Express (REX) service

Asyad Line has introduced a new Red Sea Express (REX) service connnecting Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Salalah, Jeddah, Sokhna, Nhava Sheva. The service was launched on 1 May 2023 with the newly chartered 2,782 teu GREGOS and the IRENES RULE.

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