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Debut of Maersk service from N. China to upper Gulf

Debut of Maersk service from N. China to upper Gulf

Dammam: International Port Services (IPS) Terminal, a member of Hutchison Port Holdings, has welcomed the first call of a new Maersk service that links Northern China with Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia using extra-large vessels. The eight S-Class ships on the FM1 Service have capacities up to 8,900teu, making them the largest to have ever served the upper Gulf. They travel between Xingang and Dammam in 26 days.
 
Commenting on the call of the first vessel of the service - the 335-metre-long, 8,452teu Maersk Sana - at the port, IPS CEO Jason French said, "Together with Dammam Port Authority, we have invested in new quay cranes and yard equipment and dredged the waters alongside the port to a depth of 14 metres. With 12 quay cranes, extensive yard equipment and 1,376 reefer points, the Port of Dammam is Saudi Arabia's premier port for imports and exports as well as a key hub for transhipments to the Upper Gulf."

Port rotation of the FM1 service is: Xingang. Qingdoa, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Jebel Ali, Singapore, Xingang.  [10/02/09]

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