Beginning this month, Hapag-Lloyd ships have started calling at APM Terminals Pipavav as part of the Hypergalex service [the China India Service (CIS) as per Hapag-Lloyd nomenclature].
Of the total six vessels in this service, Hapag-Lloyd will be deploying two. The service will now be jointly operated by Emirates, RCL and Hapag-Lloyd.
On March 7, Hapag-Lloyd’s m.v. Hansa Constitution made its maiden call at Port Pipavav. Mr Glen Fernandes, Operations Director, Hapag-Lloyd India Pvt. Ltd, and Mr C. K. Rajan, Head - Container Business, APM Terminals Pipavav, and other officials were present on the occasion.
"We are very pleased to welcome Hapag-Lloyd and look forward to a rewarding professional relationship," said Mr Rajan.
The Captain of the vessel and Mr Fernandes were presented with mementos and turbans in true Gujarati tradition.
The presence of Hapag-Lloyd at Port Pipavav provides the ex-im trade in north-west India with a wider choice to access the Asian markets, said an official release.
The port rotation of the Hypergalex/CIS service is: Xingang, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Dachan Bay, Singapore, Port Klang, Colombo, Nhava Sheva, Pipavav, Port Klang, Singapore, Xingang, Exim News Service reports.