With the FMS service on the Far East-Middle East route, Senator Lines adds a further service to its liner portfolio.
The German container shipping line thereby expands its current schedule of 12 liner services to include the additional Far East-Middle East service FMS.
The first westbound departure of the FMS service will be on 10 November 2007 from Pusan by the 2,000 teu Hanjin Portadelaide. The first eastbound voyage will start with the same vessel on November 26 from Khorfakkan.
Full port rotation for the new FMS service will be: Pusan - Shanghai - Chiwan - Singapore - Khorfakkan - Jebel Ali - Karachi - Singapore - Chiwan - Pusan.
Westbound transit times will be 18 days from Pusan to Jebel Ali, and eastbound 19 days from Jebel Ali to Shanghai.
Mark Ehlers, Director Operational Management of Senator Lines, says that “through the new FMS service, we are offering our customers an additional link between Asia and Mideast in the scope of our liner services. Thereby, we can link two strong-growth markets.”
Senator Lines has recently already tested the Asia-Middle East route by providing its customers slots on the singular extra loader roundtrip of the Hanjin “Northern Fortune”, featuring similar calling ports as the new liner service.
Hans-Hermann Mohr, CEO of Senator Lines GmbH, says that, “‘the new FMS service is an excellent way of reacting to the latest market developments and of matching additional shipping capacity with cargo volumes. By offering Senator Lines’ customers this additional service and enhanced flexibility on one of the routes most in demand, we can continue to maintain a high level of customer service to our export shippers.”
He adds that “the FMS is not only a further service for our customers; it also indicates that our strategy to fully concentrate on the most profitable markets and on our services has been crowned with success.’