India is hip again
Two new services, the South East India - Europe Express (IEX) and the Middle East-India-Africa Express (MIAX), will enter into operation in October. The IEX will provide the only direct connection between South and East India and Europe in the market. The weekly service, jointly operated by Cosco, Hapag-Lloyd, ONE and Yang Ming, will be made up of nine 6,500 teu vessels, with Hapag-Lloyd contributing four ships. The first departures are scheduled for 26 October.
The MIAX, to be launched on 12 October, will on the other hand support the growing demand for transport capacity between India and Africa. Hapag-Lloyd will operate MIAX jointly with ONE. A total of nine vessels with a capacity of 2,800 teu each will serve on this new route, five of which will be provided by Hapag-Lloyd.
The carrier entered the Indian market 12 years ago and has established its presence in the country with 12 services and 14 offices. Today, Hapag-Lloyd employs over 2,000 experts in India, and Indians are the largest group of nationalities in the carrier's organisation. (fd)