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Four Asian lines hook up for US east coast route

Tokyo: Hanjin Shipping, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ('K' Line), Yang Ming and United Arab Shipping  have announced the start-up of an new service linking two of the fastest growing export markets, South East Asia and India, Sri Lanka with the Mediterranean Sea and the US East Coast. The new service named SINA will have the following port rotation:  Singapore, Colombo, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Port Said, New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Port Said, Jeddah, Singapore.  Transit time in the important Nhava Sheva to New York market will be what the grouping described as a 'very competitive' 18 days. The SINA service will start from end of November 2006, deploying eight vessels in the 3,500 - 4,000 teu capacity range.  Providing weekly, fixed week-day service, each of the four parties will deploy two vessels.  [29/09/06]

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