Consolidates the Singapore-Durban shuttle service (ZAX) and the Shanghai-Singapore service (CS1)
TOKYO - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL, President: Akimitsu Ashida) today announced the start of new service that consolidates the Singapore-Durban shuttle service (ZAX) and the Shanghai-Singapore service (CS1), effective January 2008. With this consolidation, the new service will call at major ports in China (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Xiamen, and Yantian), which allows for direct service between China and South Africa. In addition to Durban (ZAX original calling port in South Africa), calls at Maputo (Mozambique) will start with this upgrading. Only MOL will offer direct service between Asia and Maputo. This service upgrade meets the needs of the active seaborne trade on those routes.
Ships: Seven 1,600-1,700 TEU-class containerships (MOL independent service)
Service: Fixed-day weekly
Rotation: Shanghai (China) - Xiamen (China) - Yantian (China) - Hong Kong (China) - Dachan Bay* (China) - Singapore - Durban (South Africa) - Maputo (Mozambique) - Singapore ’ Shanghai
Starts: M/V MOL Agility V-4506A, departing Shanghai Port on January 17, 2008
Note: Dachan Bay the new container terminal in Shenzhen, China, will start to call later.