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Wan Hai Lines launches China India Express 2 service at Cochin Port

Taiwan’s 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.

 The service has the following port rotation from Cochin: Cochin-Penang, Port Klang; Hong Kong, China – Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekhou.

The 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

The commemoration ceremony started with the exchange of commemorative plaques between the vessel Capt., Cochin Port Trust, ICTT (DP World), Wan Hai and Omega Shipping.

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.

 Chairperson 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.

The 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, he added.

Mr 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.

He 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.

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