Khorfakkan Container Terminal, operated by Sharjah-based Gulftainer, has completed the first direct call by the Galex service in a record-breaking 3.4 hours. Jointly operated by Emirates Shipping Line (ESL) and Korean Marine Transportation Company (KMTC), Galex connects ports in North and South Asia, India and the Middle East with weekly sailings and offers competitive transit times.
Galex also became the first liner shipping service to benefit from Gulftainer’s new Sharjah Port of Trade (SPOT) cargo clearance facility, which is designed to achieve substantial cost and time savings.
The new service will call weekly at Khorfakkan Container Terminal. Other ports in the rotation include Pusan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Da Chan Bay, Singapore, Port Klang, Cochin, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Sohar and Jebel Ali.
Fred Castonguay, group chief operating officer at Gulftainer, said: “We have noted a considerable increase in demand for direct cargo services from China and the Indian subcontinent to the Middle East region. Trade between the UAE and China alone has grown substantially, with industrial hubs such as Sharjah witnessing unprecedented expansion.”