Better service planned
ORIENT Overseas Container Line (OOCL) plans to improve its feeder service to the Indian sub-continent and parts of the Middle East.
The company has made slot charter arrangements with Pacific International Lines of Singapore to give shorter transit times and improved service to and from sub-continent ports.
New port rotation will cover Singapore, Colombo, Dubai, Karachi, Bombay, Colombo, Port Kelang and Singapore on a six and a half day frequency, improving transit times to Colombo, Bombay, Karachi and the United Arab Emirates.
With the start of the new service, OOCL will discontinue its existing slot charter arrangement with United Arab Shipping Co serving the Middle East trade.
According to a OOCL spokeswoman, the new feeder routing will help cut transit times by four days from India to the US west coast.
For example, she said, transit times from Bombay to Long Beach would be cut to 37 days, and from Bombay to Oakland to 35 days.