First direct container service from Vietnam to Northern Europe launched

The first direct container ship service to Northern Europe docked at the Cai Mep International Terminal on January 15 opening an opportunity for customers in Vietnam for speedier transport of cargo to Northern Europe.

First cargo container loading for Europe at the Tan Cang – Cai Mep International Terminal in the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau. (Photo:SGGP)

The Tan Cang – Cai Mep International Terminal Company Ltd (TCIT), a joint venture between Saigon Newport Company of Vietnam, Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) of Japan, Hanjin Shipping Co. of South Korea and Wan Hai Lines of Taiwan (China), organized a welcoming ceremony.

The New World Alliance (TNWA), which includes Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), APL and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), created a new route by adding Vietnam to their JEX service in December 2010.

The port route of the revamped JEX service will cover: Kobe, Nagoya, Shimizu, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Yantian, Cai Mep, Singapore, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Le Havre, Jeddah, Singapore, Yantian, Hong Kong and back to Kobe.

The Tan Cang – Cai Mep deep-water seaport in the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau has three ports with a total length of 890 meters, 60 hectares of freight yard area and a loading capacity of 1.8 million TEUs.

By D.Tri - translated by Thanh Huong

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