RCL, Hapag-Lloyd, TSK Line to start Singapore/Indian subcontinent loop
Regional Container Lines, NYK-subsidiary TSK Line and Hapag-Lloyd will Thursday start a joint weekly service connecting South East Asia with the Indian subcontinent.
Marketed by Thailand’s RCL as the RCL Pakistan-India (RPI) service, the loop will use three 1,500-TEU vessels calling Singapore, Nhava Sheva, Karachi, Pipavav, Colombo, Port Kelang and back to Singapore.
The maiden voyage of the new service will call Thursday at the newly redeveloped Gateway Terminals India (GTI) in Nhava Sheva.
GTI is a joint venture between A.P. Moller-Maersk’s terminals unit APM Terminals and the Container Corp. of India (CONCOR), who have recently completed its transformation from a bulk facility into a 1.4-million-TEU container terminal.
“I am very excited that the new RPI service will open up several trading opportunities for our customers,” said RCL President Sumate Tanthuwanit. “Firstly, we will add a call into the new GTI terminal. With this call RCL will offer the choice of all four different terminals at Mumbai and Nhava Sheva.”
Once the RPI has started, RCL will provide three weekly services between Asia and Mumbai.
“We see continuing growth in the subcontinent trade. RCL is committed to supporting this growth. Our increasing involvement in the subcontinent is a key strategy for our growth,” Tanthuwanit added.