Pakistan International Container Terminal Services (PICT) has welcomed the newly launched UAE-Indian subcontinent-Gulf feeder service (UIG) with an inaugural call at the Port of Karachi.
The feeder service is a joint initiative between Abu Dhabi Ports’ Safeen Feeders and Singapore-based Bengal Tiger Line which covers two loops from the UAE to the Indian subcontinent and the upper Gulf region.
UIG’s launch was marked by the maiden call of the 2,762 teu BELLATRIX I at PICT, which is a subsidiary of International Container Services, Inc (ICTSI).
Khurram Khan, PICT chief executive officer, said: “We appreciate this new partnership and look forward to adding value to their product by offering quality services leading to enhanced future growth.”
The service is operated by three 2,800 nominal vessels and connects nine region ports across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Pakistan and West India.
UIG’s rotation is as follows: Kandla, Mundra, Nhava Sheva, Khalifa, Bahrain, Dammam, Jubail, Khalifa, Karachi and Kandla.
It also anticipated to significantly enhance the region’s global competitiveness and strengthen the connection between the east and west trade hubs.
PICT’s customers benefit from additional direct port coverage for their cargo between Bahrain and Kandla through the new service.