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MOL launches new Durban-Asia service

MOL launches new Durban-Asia service

Tokyo: Mitsui OSK Lines is to start an independently operated shuttle service between Singapore and Durban in April deploying four 1,600 - 1,700teu containerships. The new weekly ZAX service was designed to cater to trade along routes from South Africa to Asia in light of the removal of the port of Durban from the current CSW service. MOL operated the Asia to South America service jointly with Singapore-based Pacific International Lines.
 
MOL cited constant port congestion as the reason for discontinuing CSW service calls to the port and stated that the ZAX service would "offer the same quality of service to Durban from Japan and other parts of Asia" and allow "more flexibility in ship scheduling, as well as increased cargo space to better serve Durban's expanding market".

The company also announced plans to increase space for cargo bound from Asia to the South American east coast on the CSW service in response to rising demand in that market.

The CSW service will now follow the route: Kobe - Yokohama - Nagoya - Pusan - Shanghai - Yantian - Hong Kong - Singapore - Santos - Buenos Aires - Montevideo - Sao Francisco do Sul - Paranagua - Santos - Rio de Janeiro - Cape Town - Port Elizabeth - Singapore - Hong Kong - Kobe.  [26/01/07]
 

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