PSA’s Chennai International Terminals Pvt. Ltd (CITPL) welcomed the maiden voyage of Interasia’s vessel MV Thuringia on April 17, 2018. The 4,250-TEU capacity vessel is one of the five main line vessels deployed on the China India service (CI3) connecting Chennai to key Far East markets with the following port rotation: Chennai – Kattupalli – Port Klang North – Singapore – Shanghai – Ningbo – Hong Kong – Shekou – Singapore – Port Klang West – Port Klang North – Chennai.
CI3 is jointly operated by five consortium partners—Wan Hai, Interasia, COSCO, OOCL and X-Press Feeders.
The new service commenced at CITPL on February 8, 2018 with the arrival of MV Wan Hai 501, a 4,252-TEU vessel operated by Wan Hai Lines.
Chennai Port Trust Chairman, Mr P. Raveendran, and Deputy Chairman, Mr Cyril C. George, along with CITPL and CI3 representatives, gathered for a ceremony to celebrate the occasion.
To commemorate the service launch, Mr Raveendran, Mr George and CITPL’s Acting General Manager, Ms Tan Bee Teng, presented a plaque to the Master of MV Thuringia, in the presence of Interasia and Wan Hai representatives Mr Allen Lin, Mr Gunasekaran, Mr Jeyaseelan and other senior officials from Chennai Port Trust.
Mr Raveendran highlighted that the new service is testament to the ability of CITPL and Chennai Port in providing excellent services and meeting customer requirements. “We welcome the decision from service partners to call at the Chennai Port-CITPL which has the facilities and experience to handle this new service. We will only benefit from this new service. I believe this will provide greater value and varied options to the ex-im trade in and around Chennai.”
Mr Allen Lin from Interasia said: “We are focused to be part of this service and to bring in further developments into India.”
Mr Gunasekaran from Interasia added that the group company Wan Hai was interested in the Indian Subcontinent market and has been exploring expansion opportunities.
Ms Tan Bee Teng from CITPL thanked the Chairman, Deputy Chairman, the port officials and the CI3 service partners for their support and presence. In particular, she conveyed her gratitude for Chennai Port Trust’s extended support in providing the necessary infrastructure. “This is a very good start to the year for CITPL and underlines our efforts to increase volumes at the port. CITPL proactively seeks to cater to the growing demands of the Chennai trade, and we will continue to work closely alongside our CI3 service partners to ensure our mutual success.”
Source : Exim News Service