Quadrant picks HK Maritime
HONGKONG Maritime Co has been appointed general agent for Quadrant Container Line of South Africa, one of five members of the new Good Hope Express Service (GEX).
The weekly service started this week to trade between Japan, Asia, South Africa and the east coast of South America.
As a member of the GEX, Quadrant will offer a weekly service from Asia to the east coast of South America.
The calling ports of Quadrant ships on the new 77-day round voyage will be Kobe, Nagoya, Yokohama, Keelung, Hong Kong, Singapore, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Paranagua, Rio Grande, Santos and Rio de Janeiro, with certain of the east Coast ports alternating on a weekly basis.
Other members of the consortium are NYK Line of Japan, CSAV of Chile, Nantai Line of Taiwan and Norsul of Brazil.
Quadrant is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Grincor Group of South Africa, the holding company of Grindrod, Unicorn Shipping Lines and Griffin Shipping Holdings.
Most of the ports will be covered on a fixed-day weekly basis with the exception of Montevideo and Rio Grande (every other week), Paranagua (three calls every four weeks), Rio de Janeiro (every four weeks), Keelung in northbound (every other week). The northbound arrival date in Hong Kong is not on a fixed day.