A vessel-sharing arrangement between Regional Container Lines (RCL), Pacific International Lines (PIL), CULines, and InterAsia Lines will run a direct West India-South China-North Vietnam loop, starting in late October, said the report.
The weekly service to be marketed by RCL as the RWA will rotate through at Nansha, Shekou, Singapore, Port Klang (Westport), Port Klang (Northport), Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Mundra, Port Klang (Westport), Haiphong and go back to Nansha on a 35-day rotation.
Deploying five 2,800-TEU ships, with RCL deploying two vessels and the other three partners contributing a vessel each, the inaugural sailing from Nansha is currently planned for October 22.
With fewer port calls, the consortium noted that the new string will add faster transits than other weekly connections currently in operation on the route, boasting 14 days from Nansha and 15 days from Shekou to Mumbai's JNPT.
'The new RWA will provide our customers in South China via Nansha and Shekou direct connectivity to Nhava Sheva [JNPT] and Mundra,' RCL said in a statement. 'Similarly, customers ex-India will also enjoy a direct sailing to Haiphong - a key destination for Indian exports.'