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CSAV's Asian portfolio of services dramatically expands

Hong Kong: CSAV has made a number of important changes to its services in Asia "that will offer customers increased options and reliable service", the firm says in a release. It is launching a new service from Asia to the Caribbean, offering a dedicated service to South Africa, and improving transit times and service reliability with the Asiatlantic Express (ASAX) service calling direct to the East coast of South America from Asia.

The Pacific Caribbean service (PACAR) will be launched from the middle of May and will connect Asia to the Caribbean directly. Initially the service will run with five vessels of 1,700 TEU capacity on a fortnightly frequency. All of the vessels will be equipped with reefer plugs for 200 reefer containers. The PACAR service will offer customers new direct options for their cargo from Asia and will also add further options for CSAV's existing West coast South America service.
The port rotation for the PACAR will be as follows:

Busan - Shanghai - Chiwan - Hong Kong - Manzanillo (Mexico) - Puerto Quetzal - Caldera - Panama (Manzanillo) - Cartagena - Rio Haina - San Juan -
 Puerto Cabello - Cartagena - Caldera - Puerto Quetzal - Busan

In addition to the launch of the PACAR service CSAV is enhancing its coverage to South Africa through cooperation with "K" Line and the introduction of the Discovery service. CSAV will offer the Discovery service on a weekly basis from Asia to South Africa starting at the beginning of June 2007. This service will provide a reliable schedule to South Africa and an improved service to customers.
The port rotation for the Discovery service will be as follows:

Shanghai - Ningbo - Kaohsiung - Shekou - Hong Kong -
Singapore - Port Klang - Colombo - Durban - Cape Town - Colombo
- Port Klang - Singapore - Hong Kong - Shanghai

The Discovery service will now offer additional access for CSAV's customers in South Africa with Cape Town now available, alongside additional direct calls in Taiwan, Shekou, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia.

The Asiatlantic Express (ASAX) service will also be enhanced by a new port rotation that will offer additional port coverage, faster transit times, and greater schedule reliability.

The ASAX service will offer the following port rotation:

Ningbo - Shanghai - Chiwan - Hong Kong - Singapore - Santos -
 Buenos Aires - Paranagua - Itajai - Santos - Durban - Singapore - Ningbo

The new port rotation for the ASAX service will be effective from early June 2007 and will offer increased coverage of South China with the addition of Chiwan. By sailing directly to the East Coast of South America from Asia customers will benefit from faster transit times and increased schedule reliability.

The addition of the PACAR service offering direct access to the Caribbean, alongside the enhancement to the ASAX service and introduction of the Discovery service, will give CSAV's customers further choice in connecting Asia to these important trading regions and offer wider coverage on these North-South trade lanes. CSAV's existing ANDEX service will continue to offer direct access to Mexico and Central America.  [03/05/07]


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