A new IEX service has increased the number of direct services between London Gateway and the East Coast of India to three per week, more than any other port in the UK.
As the only direct shipping service linking the East Coast of India to the UK, it opens up new trading opportunities for shippers in both the UK and India.
Previously, cargo owners’ only option was to tranship in Colombo in Sri Lanka with containers being stored in a yard before being reloaded onto ships for the journey to the UK.
DP World, which operates London Gateway, added that the new direct service provides enhanced security of cargo and preserves integrity of the supply chain.
James Leeson, DP World’s head of UK ports, said: “This is a strong endorsement of DP World London Gateway as a major global hub on key trade routes. It further underlines the tremendous opportunity we provide for our customers to realise game-changing value and accelerate cargo deployments.”
The new service is a collaboration between COSCO, Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming, ONE and OOCL and operates nine 6,500 teu vessels on a weekly fixed rotation.
The rotation is as follows: Vizag, Krishnapatnam, Chennai, Tuticorin, Colombo, Cochin, Damietta, Piraeus, Rotterdam, London Gateway, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Damietta, Jeddah, Colombo and Vizag.
DP World London Gateway welcomed the Al Rawdah, on January 27, 2020.