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OOCL sees booming intra Asia trade

Improving intra Asia trade has urged OOCL global container transportation company to provide a new service called the Japan South East Asia Service (JSS) which commenced Feb. 22 with northbound sailing from Singapore. First southbound sailing on Feb. 23 was from Tokyo. OOCL has one of the most extensive intra-Asia networks in the industry, offering services to more than 80 ports/terminals in 16 countries within Asia, including 25 ports in Japan.

The new service is actually an extension of OOCL's former Kawasaki/Taiwan Service (KTX) that covers Indonesian and Singapore, providing a linkage between Japan and South East Asian countries. Four 1,200 TEU vessels with a sailing speed of 19 knots are deployed in the new fixed-day weekly service. The service is designed in such a way that it offers quick and efficient connections at the hub ports of Kaohsiung, Hong Kong and Singapore to OOCL's network covering South East Asia, the Middle East and the Indian Sub-continent.

"With the introduction of the Japan South East Asia Service, our already extensive network in Japan will be further enhanced. The introduction of our new service is in line with the recovering economies of Asian countries and the ever increasing demand of fast and efficient services to and from Japan," said Stephen Ng, director of OOCL's intra-Asia trade.

"The new service also offers the best transit times in many of the routings. For example, from Osaka, three days to Kaohsiung and ten days to Singapore; from Jakarta, 12 days to Kawasaki/Yokoyama and six days to Hong Kong," said Ng.

The port rotation of the service will be Tokyo, Kawasaki, Chiba, Osaka, Kobe, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Singapore, Merak, Jakarta, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung and Tokyo.