Kochi | DP World and Emirates Shipping Line (ESL) today announced the launch of a new shipping service GALEX (GLX), a consortium of four vessel operators ESL, KMTC, RCL and Hanjin which will be calling at Cochin port.
GALEX consists of seven vessels with a capacity of 6,500 TEUs each and reinforces Cochin Port’s position as a transshipment hub with state-of-the-art facilities available to customers, a release said here. The announcement coincides with the maiden call of a GALEX service at the International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT), Kochi today.
GALEX will embark from Pusan, South Korea, calling at Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan, Singapore, Port Klang, Colombo, Cochin, Nhava Sheva, Mundra and Jebel Ali on the outward route of the new service. The return route will depart from Jebel Ali direct to Port Klang, Hong Kong and finally back to Pusan.
Paul Antony IAS, Chairman of Cochin Port Trust, said: With this new service added from our Cochin terminal, we are pleased to see India gain even greater access to key destinations across the world. It will reduce travel time and will provide a direct, reliable and stable service benefiting the trading community of the country.
Abdullah Aljufairi, Vice President, Commercial Emirates Shipping Line said, We are starting a direct weekly vessel call into Kochi to show our commitment to serve the growing trade between India and United Arab Emirates.
DP World values the importance of Cochin port in the commercial links between Kerala State and the UAE through their investment in the terminal and we understand the major difference a direct call between Kochi and Jebel Ali port can make to build on this relationship by increasing competitiveness and improving transit times, he said.
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