Hanjin launches new Khorfakkan service

Sharjah's links with China and south east Asia boosted by new route.
Hanjin launches new Khorfakkan service
By Daniel Canty
Wed 21 Nov 2007 04:58 PM

Reflecting the health of the vibrant UAE economy and its links with the equally buoyant export regions of East Asia, Gulftainer's Khorfakkan Container Terminal hosted its latest new service this week.

The Hanjin Qingdao, representing the maiden call of Hanjin's FMS service berthed and sailed later in the day having achieved a productivity rate of around 120 container moves per hour.

The new 2500 TEU ship is operating on a loadport rotation covering China, Korea and South East Asia. With a boom in Asian exports flooding into to the Gulf region, it is expected that a further three ships will be added to the service early in 2008.

Partners on the new service will be fellow Korean companies, Heung A, STX Panocean, Sinokor and C&Line who will be contributing tonnage to the service in the near future.

"We are delighted that our long-time customer Hanjin/Senator has chosen to boost its presence in the area with a further call at Khorfakkan," said Gulftainer director and general manager Peter Richards.

"They recognise, at a time when costs for lines are increasing dramatically - with fuel prices at an all time high - the benefits of calling at a productive and cost effective major container terminal hub in Khorfakkan," he added.

The Sharjah terminal is well placed for overland connections within the UAE and Oman, and the surrounding regions of the Gulf, Iran, Pakistan, India and East Africa are interconnected by feeder services.

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