Gulf region's shipping boom prompts operators to launch larger vessels

DUBAI — The growth in shipping volumes in the Gulf region is prompting some operators to introduce larger vessels into the trade, according to a senior DP World official.

By Jamila Qadir

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Published: Tue 18 Jul 2006, 10:11 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 3:11 PM

Mohammed Al Muallem, DP World, senior vice-president and managing director, UAE, said: "The growth in the Gulf has promoted services employing larger size vessels to the trade.

With such services turning around at Jebel Ali, the port will continue to establish its importance as the region's transshipment port. Dependable feeder operators connecting Jebel Ali to its neighbouring ports form an integral part of this logistic chain which will eventually benefit the whole region." He was reacting to the recent launch of the regional shipping operator, RCL's newly revamped RAM (RCL Asia Middle East) and RGF (RCL Gulf feeder) services.

According to the company, the new services will bring a faster transit time, increase port coverage frequency and even more dependable service reliability.

In collaboration with its partner, TSK, the RAM service will employ five 5,000 TEU (twenty feet equivalent unit) vessels. The service will add calls to Hong Kong, Shekou and Port Klang, in addition to the Shanghai, Ningbo and Singapore calls currently offered through the existing RAM service.

The new RAM rotation will cover Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Shekou, Port Klang, Singapore, Jebel Ali, Port Klang, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

The maiden call from Shanghai was scheduled for July 11 with the OOCL Dubai.

In conjunction with this development, RCL will also be enhancing its Gulf feeder service by adding another vessel to complement the Jaru Bhum, which is already operating in the Gulf.

With this enhancement, the RGF network will provide a fixed-scheduled twice weekly feeder services from its hub port, Jebel Ali with Dammam and Bandar Abbas.

This service will also offer direct links between Dammam and Bandar Abbas.

Sumate Tanthuwanit, president of RCL, said: "The trade growth in the Gulf region is well recognised. Our upgrading of the RAM and RGF services is part of RCL's larger commitment in support of this growth."

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