Last month DP World’s Jebel Ali facility received Atlantic Pioneer, the first vessel to call at its container terminal operated by Kaiso Line, an Indonesia-based shipping company, thereby strengthening the ability of the port to connect markets in the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent (ISC) and South East Asia (SEA).
Kaiso Line’s new KPG operation is the first direct service by the company from Indonesia to ISC and Arabian Gulf ports. Initially the service will call on a monthly basis at Jakarta, Colombo, Nhava Sheva, Jebel Ali, Dammam and Mundra, with the UAE port being the primary transhipment hub, offering connections to Karachi, Sharjah, Umm Qasr and Jeddah. The shipping line is scheduled to deploy more vessels in 2022 to reach a weekly sailing frequency and to add further ports in South East Asia and the Middle East.
Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO and Managing Director, DP World UAE & Jafza, said: “The arrival of the first vessel from Kaiso Line reflects the confidence of our stakeholders in our capabilities and our growing portfolio. The new service will not only strengthen ties between the UAE and Indonesia, but will also support traders in South East Asia and the Subcontinent, giving them access to economies in the Middle East.”
DP World recognises Indonesia’s potential as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Bin Damithan added: “This development will further boost our efforts in supporting the logistics sector in the country and we are confident that it will help to eliminate port inefficiencies and foster a robust shipping network. Furthermore, the new line and the departures scheduled for 2022 will support the UAE’s recent economic agreement with the country, aiding economic development and recovery from the pandemic.”