Singapore-based liner shipping company, APL, has announced the addition of three new port calls to its weekly India Pakistan-Mediterranean Express Service (IPM). The service will now also call at Port Hamad and Aqaba in the Middle East, as well as Hazira in India. In addition, an important change has been made with the IPM service calling at the hub port of Jebel Ali, instead of Khor Fakkan, within the new rotation.
The enhancement of the IPM service reflects APL’s ongoing efforts to broaden its presence in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent regions. In addition to the service’s current offering of direct connections between India, Pakistan and the Mediterranean markets, the improved IPM loop will enable shippers to better tap into APL’s global network through the Jebel Ali transshipment hub. This change is, in particular, expected to improve connections into other Gulf ports.
The first sailing of the enhanced IPM service will commence from Jebel Ali on 7th January 2018. It will the call into Hamad, Karachi, Mundra, Hazira, Nhava Sheva, Djibouti, Jeddah, Damietta, Piraeus, Malta, Aliaga, Mersin, Port Said West and Aqaba, before returning to Jebel Ali.