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UASC looks closer to home for niche gains

UASC looks closer to home for niche gains

Dubai: United Arab Shipping Company will boost its regional presence and resume services to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Iran, as shippers reconfigure routes to target pockets of demand amid the economic downturn, the Nation reports.?UASC, based in Dubai and owned collectively by six Gulf countries, will reinstate its AEC2 service, covering the Asia to Europe trade lane, which was suspended last December.
The resumption of the UASC line will include a stop in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Khor Fakkan on the East Coast of Sharjah as it travels from China to the Netherlands, including stop-offs in Singapore, Malaysia, Egypt, France, Belgium and Germany. The line will employ nine UASC vessels, each capable of handling 6,900 teu.
In addition, the container shipper will introduce a number of Gulf ports on another service, its AEC1 line. Direct calls will be include to the Saudi port cities of Jubail and Damman in the Gulf as well as Bandar Abbas in Iran, UASC said.?The new services cap a busy period for UASC as it has sought to find the right balance in its global network. It recently announced plans to launch an Indian subcontinent to Northern Europe route later next month, serving ports in Pakistan, India, Italy, England, Germany and Belgium. [17/08/09]

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