Hapag Lloyd said it has invested in additional services to ease the build-up of containers in India and to improve the challenging situation at the port of Colombo which is heavily congested.
The German international shipping company said the spike in demand coupled with limited vessel capacity has caused considerable disruption in the Indian market with customers needing dependable services.
Starting end of January, Hapag-Lloyd is offering a fortnightly sailing from Chittagong to Krishnapatnam connecting Bangladesh onto the South India – Europe Express service (IEX). It will also add one extra-loader vessel to be deployed between India and North Europe improving Hapag-Lloyd´s current service portfolio.
“With these extra loader we are able to improve our service offers for customers in India and Bangladesh but also in North Europe. The huge demand we are currently seeing is pretty unprecedented and we do our utmost to support our customers with extra capacity,” said Lars Sorensen, managing director India of Hapag-Lloyd.
Hapag Lloyd said the rotation will be as follows: Nhava Sheva – Mundra – Jeddah – Tangiers – Rotterdam – Hamburg – London Gateway – Antwerp – Tangiers – Jeddah – Jebel Ali – Karachi – Nhava Sheva – Mundra.