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First call for East India-London service

[ January 30, 2020   //   ]

DP World’s London Gateway port handled its first call on the IEX service from India on 27 January.

It is the only shipping service linking the East Coast of India to the UK and increases the number of direct services between the Indian sub-continent as a whole and London Gateway to three per week, more than any other port in the UK, says DP World.

Calls include Vizag, Krishnapatnam, Chennai, Tuticorin, Colombo, Cochin and Damietta. Previously cargo had to transship in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

DP World’s Head of UK Ports, James Leeson, said: “The new direct service to and from the East Coast of India is a welcome addition to our global network. DP World London Gateway ships to more countries than any other deep-sea port in the country.”

IEX is a collaboration between COSCO, Hapag Lloyd, Yang Ming, ONE and OOCL and operates nine 6,500teu vessels on a weekly fixed rotation.

Unifeeder is also adding London Gateway to its service from Antwerp, which also serves Grangemouth and Teesport.