Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has opened a new service network between Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia, especially a direct service to Pasir Gudang in Malaysia, to enhance its Southeast Asia coverage.
The new loop, called the Vietnam/Thailand/Malaysia Service (VTS), starts August 11 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
It will be jointly operated by OOCL, Golden Sea Shipping, and Gold Star Line with three container ships having capacities of 1,400 to 1,500 20-foot-equivalent units, an OOCL statement said.
The Hong Kong-based shipping line operator is also kicking off the East Med/Black Sea Express (EMX) service from September 6, 2013.
EMX will provide direct services connecting Asia, the East Mediterranean, and the Black Sea, particularly additional coverage for Busan, South Korea; Da Chan Bay, China; Port Klang, Malaysia; and Novorossiysk, Russia.
The new service will begin on week 36. The first call will be provided by Zim Shekou, which is scheduled to arrive on September 6 in Busan.
The EMX port rotation is Busan, Ningbo, Shanghai, Da Chan Bay, Port Klang, via Suez Canal, Haifa, Istanbul, Odessa, Novorossiysk, Istanbul, Haifa, via Suez Canal, Nhava Sheva, Port Klang, Da Chan Bay, and Busan.