The enhanced service opens the opportunity to better link Southeast Asia and India to our global network.

WWL has long been active in Asia with its Intra-Asia and China Express sea routes linking some of the most important ports in East and Southeast Asia.

 In October, 2012, those routes were further enhanced with the launch of the upgraded Intra-Asia Service, combining the two trades and expanding service to the rapidly-growing Indian market.

“We are committing new tonnage to our remodeled Intra-Asia Service increasing the overall capacity and stability of the service,” Johan Stahlberg, Head of Commercial Region Asia explains. “In the past few years, cargo movement within Asia has increased significantly. Customers are shifting their production facilities and this brings a surge in demand for ocean services.”

“The Intra-Asia Service covers the most populous and fastest growing region in the world," Stahlberg continues. “Our customers are growing in the region, and we are excited to be able to support their expansion by enhancing our offering.”

“The service combines our China Express and the original Intra-Asia service which were previously operating separately,” he continues. “Each vessel will sail the route of the old China Express, then, after coming back to Japan, will continue the journey on to Southeast Asia and India. The biggest change is the doubling of the frequency to India, with the addition of a second vessel call per month at Chennai, India.”

In all, the ports served include Tianjin, Shanghai and Guangzhou in China; Hitachinaka, Yokohama, Kobe and Higashi-Harima in Japan; Jakarta, Indonesia; Singapore; Port Kelang, Malaysia; Laem Chabang, Thailand; and Chennai, India.

“The enhanced service opens the opportunity to better link Southeast Asia and India to our global network,” Stahlberg says. “In addition we can serve many of the ports in the region that we don’t call directly via trans-shipment through hubs such as Singapore.”

WWL will operate the service with four sister ships: all 5,400 register tonne (RT) pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs). “These have very good H&H [High & Heavy] and break-bulk capacity, in addition to ample vehicle space,” he adds. “Because all four ships are the same type, it makes vessel planning and optimisation easier, and customers can rely on a stable capacity, knowing that we are in a position to handle their products.”