Uniglory Marine plans new service to link Far East and southern Africa
TAIWAN's Uniglory Marine Corp is to launch a new service to link Far Eastern and southern African ports in March.
The service, which is Uniglory's second beyond Far Eastern waters, will be in addition to its extensive regional service network.
The line operates weekly sailings between the Far East and the Middle East Gulf.
Initially, the southern Africa service will be fortnightly and will link Hongkong, Yokohama, Kobe, Pusan, Keelung, Kaohsiung and Singapore with Port Louis in Mauritius, Durban and Cape Town.
Connections with other Uniglory services via Singapore and Taiwan will enable the line to offer container links to and from other Asian countries, including Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, as well as to China via Hongkong.
Uniglory is to deploy four vessels on the service - the company's three F-class ships Uni-Fortune (956 TEU), Uni-Forward (956) and Uni-Forever (964), together with the chartered Tao Yuan (926).
The first sailing will be made by Uni-Forever which is scheduled to depart Yokohama on 17 March.
The four ships were used previously on Uniglory's Middle East Gulf service but have been displaced by five new 998-TEU C-class vessels which have been built in Japan.
The fifth of the new vessels, Uni-Concert, is due to enter the Gulf service in May.
Uniglory's agent in Mauritius is Far Shipping and Transportation and in South Africa it is Green Africa Shipping.