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Tue 11 Dec 2007 09:51 AM

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Mid East - South Amercia trade receives boost

Chilean shipping line shaves days off Trans Atlantic container service.

The maiden call of the 1700 TEU Santa Maddalena at Khorfakkan this week was a welcome boost to for South American services at Gulftainer's flagship UAE terminal.

Chilean shipping company Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV), which operates the Trans-Atlantic service, is currently the largest shipping line in Latin America, best known for its provision of world trade links with the South American continent .

The Santiago headquartered carrier has joined with French shipping giant CMA-CGM and now provides three of the eight ships operating on the joint service giving a weekly frequency to customers on the key service corridors from east coast South America to the Middle East. Transit times have also been improved with Brazil's Rio Grande to Khorfakkan reduced to only 24 days.

"We are really happy to see CSAV ships once again at Khorfakkan - and we will certainly ensure that they receive the fast, cost effective and efficient service for which the terminal is justly renowned," said Peter Richards, Gulftainer director and general manager.

"This trade route is an important link for CSAV to and from this region and we look forward to building up our relationship with them by demonstrating what a good job our terminal can do for them and their customers," he added.

The Marco Polo route offered by CSAV sails directly from South America to the UAE, Iran and Saudi Arabia. On the return journey the vessels make port calls at India's Nava Sheva and South Africa's port of Durban en route to Santos in Brazil.

The Santa Maddalena berthed promptly on arrival and terminal operations proceeded quickly allowing the ship to sail on schedule.

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