Dubai-based Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) CargoGulf is launching a new container liner service between the Arabian Gulf and South East Asia.
CargoGulf, represented by global liner agent GAC across the Arabian Gulf, has appointed Thailand’s LG Container Lines as its South East Asian partner for the new Arabian Gulf – Asia (AGA) service. The alliance combines CargoGulf’s muscle in the Middle East with the strength of LG Container Lines in South East Asia. LG also operates liner services to the Indian Subcontinent.
The service, which commences on 7th September, will comprise fixed weekly sailings between South East Asia and the Arabian Gulf. AGA links the ports of Singapore, Port Klang, Bangkok / Laem Chabang and Jakarta with the Arabian Gulf. The service will have direct calls in Jebel Ali, Dammam and Hamad Port, Qatar, while other Gulf ports will be served with transshipment over Jebel Ali. Both CargoGulf and LG Container Lines have their own port agreements in all ports, facilitating the issuing of Delivery Orders upon cargo arrival.
This new dedicated service complements CargoGulf’s existing trades which includes connections between the Arabian Gulf and Europe and the Indian Subcontinent. Hans-Henrik Nielsen, CargoGulf’s Global Development Director, says: “Not only does this represent a wonderful service addition for our clients, it also allows us to manage our container fleet even more effectively and reduce the shore-to-sea ratio to very efficient levels. We are always on the lookout for new opportunities and port hubs to serve new trades.” Nielsen points out that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the company has seen a strong upturn our overall laden liftings in the second quarter of the yard and to ate in the third quarter. “This is due to strong support from our clients, and is an endorsement of our pragmatic business approach,” he says.
Established in 1985, Cargo Gulf operates with its own fleet of containers, leased from MFC Cargo Container Concepts. Under the terms of a recently signed contract, CargoGulf will boost the number of containers it operates by over 400 teu, to facilitate growth in the Arabian Gulf and Indian Subcontinent markets.
“Working with a large and strong container provider like MFC Cargo Container Concepts allows us to respond quickly to market demands due to their proximity to our largest market,” says Nielsen. “Further, their container repair facilities are second-to-none, and they have a stellar reputation for straightforward and transparent repair estimates.”
MFC Cargo Container Concepts has been operating one of the largest independent container depots near Jebel Ali Port for the past 25 years. The depot is located on a 30,000m2 dedicated plot and can store 7000 teu at any one time.