Wan Hai Lines launched the China India Express 2 (CI2) service at Cochin Port
with the inaugural call at the International Container Transhipment Terminal
(ICTT), Vallarpadom by its vessel Wan Hai 510.on April tenth.
service has the following port rotation from Cochin: Cochin-Penang, Port
Klang; Hong Kong, China Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekhou.
service also offers quick connections with multiple services to:
Taiwan Keelung, Taichung, Kaoushing, * Japan All base ports, Moji, Hakata,
Yokkaichi, Imari, Shibushi, * China Huangpu, Xiamen, Xingang, Wuhan, Tianjin,
Nansha, Fuzhou and all major ports and inland points, * Korea Busan, Incheon,
Kwangyang, Vietnam Haiphong, Ho Chi
Minh, Danang, Indonesia Jakarta,
Belawan, Surabaya, Semarang, Thailand
Bangkok, Laem Chabang, Lat Krabang Philippines
North Manila, South Manila, Cebu, Davao,
US West Coast Long Beach, Oakland and
West Coast of South America Callao, Buenaventura, Guayaquil, Puerto
Quetzal, Manzanillo, Lazaro Cardenas, San Antonio, Iquique
commemoration ceremony started with the exchange of commemorative plaques
between the vessel Capt., Cochin Port Trust, ICTT (DP World), Wan Hai and Omega
Mr Praveen Joseph, Chief Executive Officer of DP World (ICTT
Vallarpadam), welcomed the gathering and spoke of the importance and value
brought to Cochin Port, the container terminal and the export and import
community by such mainline direct services.
As Wan Hai Lines, a prominent intra-Asian
carrier, is operating the service, there is bound to be growth and enhancement
to the service over time. He also said that Wan Hai Lines, ably supported by
its agent Omega Shipping, would certainly provide great support and bring
growth to the volumes on this service and the trade lane.
of the port Dr M. Beena spoke about the long and historical ties between China
and Cochin, pointing to the Chinese fishing nets and the growing trade between
China and the Far East sector and Cochin Port. The value being brought by the
service, which will link key ports in China and other Far East ports to Cochin,
is through providing faster transit and better connectivity. She thanked Wan
Hai Lines and its agent for bringing the service to Cochin Port.
Chief Commissioner of Customs Pullela
Nageswara Rao spoke of how Customs looks forward to the launch of such services
as it adds to the trade volumes. Customs would be a great facilitator and would
be there to provide all assistance. The growth of trade brings benefit to all,
George Abrao, Managing Director, Omega Shipping
Agencies, the steamer agent for the vessel thanked the gathering for
their support and presence. He also mentioned that having a container service
call at Cochin Port is a proud moment as the very first container to land in
India was handled by his family firm Paul Abrao & Sons as stevedores for
American Presidents Lines way back in 1973.
thanked the multiple agencies like the port, ICTT, Customs, Immigration and PHO
for their valuable support as also the Wan Hai and Omega teams for working hard
to ensure the success of this service.