As of 14 July, the port of Qingdao will be added to the Korea – Middle East service jointly operated by Hanjin (four vessels, ‘FMX’), CSAV (two vessels) and UASC (one vessel, ‘AGX2’).
The CSAV-operated, 6,540 teu PALENA will make the inaugural call on a rotation that was already recently revised with the removal of the Bandar Abbas call and that now reads: Qingdao (new), Kwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Shekou, Singapore, Port Kelang, Dubai, Abu Dhabi (Mina Khalifa), Khor Fakkan, Singapore, Qingdao.
The recently-announced weekly Mina Khalifa calls will begin on 29 June. With this addition, the service will become one of three links from this port to the Far East, adding to the ‘CMX’ of APL, MOL and OOCL and to the Far East – Middle East service ‘AGX1’, that UASC offers in partnership with CSCL and CMA CGM.
The ‘FMX’/’AGX2’ remains however the only direct link from Mina Khalifa to Korea and – as of July – the only direct link from the port to Qingdao.