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Chennain Port gets increased connectivity to Chinese ports as MV THURINGIA MAKES MAIDEN CI3 service call at Chennai International Terminals

PSA’s 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. 

CI3 is jointly operated by five consortium partners – Wan Hai, Interasia, COSCO, OOCL and X-Press Feeders.

 The new service commenced at CITPL on February 8th  with the arrival of “MV Wan Hai 501”, a 4,252-TEU vessel operated by Wan Hai Lines. 

Chennai 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. 

To 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. 

Mr. 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.”

Mr. Allen Lin from Interasia mentioned, “We are focused to be part of this service and to bring in further developments into India.”

Mr. Gunasekaran from Interasia added that the group company Wan Hai was interested in the Indian subcontinent market and has been exploring expansion opportunities. 2 of 5 . 

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.” 

As one of the leading global port groups, PSA participates in around 40 terminals in 16 countries across Asia, Europe and the Americas with flagship operations in PSA Singapore Terminals and PSA Antwerp. PSA strives to continue growing its port network alongside its shipping line customers and become the preferred partner to port stakeholders across the world. Employing the finest talents in the industry, PSA delivers reliable and best-in-class service to its customers and develops win-win relationships with its partners. As the port operator of choice in the world’s gateway hubs, PSA is “The World’s Port of Call”. 

 

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