Chennai International Terminals Pvt Ltd (“CITPL”) welcomed the maiden voyage of
Interasia’s vessel “MV Thuringia” on April 17th . The 4,250 TEU (twenty-foot
equivalent unit) capacity “MV Thuringia” is one of the five Main Line vessels
deployed on the China India service (CI3) connecting Chennai to key Far East
markets with the following port rotation: Chennai – Kattupalli – Port Kelang
North – Singapore – Shanghai – Ningbo – Hong Kong – Shekou – Singapore – Port
Kelang West – Port Kelang North – Chennai.
is jointly operated by five consortium partners – Wan Hai, Interasia, COSCO,
OOCL and X-Press Feeders.
new service commenced at CITPL on February 8th
with the arrival of “MV Wan Hai 501”, a 4,252-TEU vessel operated by Wan
Port Chairman P Raveendran and Deputy
Chairman Cyril C George from Chennai
Port Trust, along with CITPL and CI3 representatives, gathered for a ceremony
to celebrate the occasion.
commemorate the service launch, Mr. P Raveendran, Mr. Cyril C George and
CITPL's Acting General Manager Ms. Tan Bee Teng presented a plaque to the
Master of “M.V Thuringia”, in the presence of Interasia and Wan Hai representatives
represented by Mr. Allen Lin, Mr. Gunasekaran, Mr. Jeyaseelan and other senior
officials from Chennai Port Trust.
P Raveendran highlighted that the new service is testament to the ability of
CITPL and Chennai port in providing excellent services and meeting customer
requirements. “We welcome the decision from service partners to call at the
Chennai port – CITPL which has the facilities and experience to handle this new
service. We will only benefit from this new service. I believe this will provide
greater value and varied options to the EXIM trade in and around Chennai.”
Allen Lin from Interasia mentioned, “We are focused to be part of this service
and to bring in further developments into India.”
Gunasekaran from Interasia added that the group company Wan Hai was interested
in the Indian subcontinent market and has been exploring expansion
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Ms.Tan Bee Teng from CITPL thanked the Chennai Port
officials and the CI3 service partners
for their support and presence. In particular, she conveyed her gratitude for
Chennai Port Trust’s extended support in providing necessary infrastructure
developments. “This is a very good start to the year for CITPL and underlines
our efforts to increase volumes at the port. CITPL proactively seeks to cater
to the growing demands of the Chennai Trade and we will continue to work
closely alongside our CI3 service partners to ensure our mutual success.”
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