From 2 October, Intra-Asia container shipping specialist, Sinokor Maritime, will begin direct services from South Korea to India through slot swaps with Hyundai Merchant Marine’s (HMM’s) CIX service to Nhava Sheva and Pipavav.
Five 5,000 teu ships are deployed to the service. HMM contributes three ships while TS Lines and Zim contribute one each.
The service was started jointly by HMM and Heung-A Shipping in 2006, and spanned India and China, but will be expanded to include calls at South Korean ports Gwangyang and Busan.
The enhanced service will now loop around Gwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Singapore, Nhava Sheva (where the Sinokor has opened an agency to explore transhipments in Kolkata), Pipavav, Port Klang, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Gwangyang.
Sinokor will start shipping cargoes on the ship Northern Priority, as well as looking at the possibility of deploying its own ships to India.
“At this moment, we have no plans to dedicate our ships to India services. But India is an emerging market and we will keep monitoring the situation.”