A group of container lines, including ONE, OOCL, Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming and Cosco, are extending their service network to connect East India, the Middle East and North Europe. Hapag-Lloyd, one of the members of the consortium, is marketing the service as India Europe Express (IEX), while OOCL has named the new operation as IP3.
Dr. Maximilian Rothkopf, Chief Operating Officer at Hapag-Lloyd, says, “Our customers have been talking to us about their growing needs in the Indian and Bangladeshi markets, and we have been listening. The introduction of the IEX is a game changer, as it will be the first dedicated direct service from South East India to Europe, offering connectivity to our global network.”
The weekly service will be operated by a total of nine 6,500 teu capacity vessels, with Hapag-Lloyd contributing four of these ships.
The first departure is scheduled for 26th October from the port of Visakhapatnam. Ships will then sail to Krishnapatnam, Chennai, Tuticorin, Colombo and Cochin, before sailing via Damietta and Piraeus, to Rotterdam, London Gateway, Hamburg, Antwerp and Le Havre. On the return leg, vessels will call at the hubs of Damietta, Jeddah and Colombo, offering a range of transshipment options, before returning to Visakhapatnam.