Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) has welcomed the ship CSCL Mercury, the first vessel on the new China Shipping Container Lines / United Arab Shipping enhanced AEX7 joint service, which links leading ports across Asia and Northern Europe via Sharjah’s Khorfakkan Port.
China Shipping Container Lines Co. Ltd (CSCL) is China’s second largest container shipping liner and the seventh largest global container shipping liner by capacity with 148 ships, while United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) is the largest shipping company in the Middle East serving 200 destinations worldwide and one of world’s top 12 largest container carriers. The two carriers have signed a number of joint service agreements over the past few years, connecting Asian ports with ports in the Middle East and Europe.
The expanded Asia to Europe AEX7/AEC8 service has 11 ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) in its service, six vessels provided by CSCL and five by UASC. The vessel schedule services ports in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France, then via the Suez Canal in Egypt to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and, after calling at Khorfakkan and Jebel Ali ports in United Arab Emirates, to the Far East, stopping at ports in Singapore, Korea and China.
Managed by Sharjah-headquartered Gulftainer, the privately owned terminal operator in the Middle East, Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) is the only fully fledged operational container terminal in the UAE located outside the Strait of Hormuz. Due to its unique geographic location, it has proven to be one of the most important transshipment hubs for the Arabian Gulf, the Indian Sub-continent, the Gulf of Oman and the East African markets.
Source: Gulftainer, CSCL, UASC