Hafez Darya Arya Shipping Lines (HDAS), a division of Iran’s IRISL group, has started a new liner shipping connection between Kandla International Container Terminal (KICT) and the ports of Bandar Abbas in Iran and Umm Qasr in Iraq.
HDAS has deployed two 1100 teu container ships to maintain the service, which will also call at Nhava Sheva port in India. The first vessel to call at KICT was Arezoo, which loaded 607 containers and disembarked 998 units on its maiden voyage.
With this service IRISL has extended its coverage of the Indian market, complementing existing connections with Nhava Sheva and Mundra. IRISL says it plans to relaunch a direct service from India to Europe, via Iran, in the near future.