14th December 2010
London Thamesport celebrated the return of United Arab Shipping Company's AEC1 service on Sunday 12th December 2010 with the arrival of the UASC Al Farahidi at the port.
The reinstated call of the AEC1 at London Thamesport marks the return of vessel operations in the UK for the Line which has, over the last 12 months, serviced its UK business via a number of partnerships and a series of slot charter arrangements.
The AEC1 service will offer fast transit times between the Indian sub-continent and Middle East with the UK - transit times of 16 days from Nhava Sheva and only seven days from Port Said are scheduled.
Additionally, the service will also enable the Lines customers to book export cargo for Far East Asia with the AEC1 vessels connecting in Antwerp with the AEC2 service. The AEC2 Service connects North Europe to Far East Asia on the Eastbound leg with a dedicated Japan Feeder Service, covering the needs for a connection from Japan to Korea over Pusan.
David Gledhill, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns London Thamesport, commented:
‘We are pleased to have been chosen to host this new high-speed service which represents a significant commitment to the future by UASC. In the current economic climate, it is important that high customer satisfaction standards and commitment to service are maintained, and this new European service will support London Thamesport in delivering and upholding these qualities in the coming year.’
The Line uses six ships with capacities ranging from 3,800 to 5,000 TEU’s. The UASC Al Farahidi has a deadweight of 49993 tonnes and a capacity of 3,800 TEU. The Port rotation of the service is as follows:
Khorfakkan - Port Qasim - Nhava Sheva – Pipavav - Suez Canal - Port Said – London Thamesport – Antwerp – Hamburg – Rotterdam and Khorfakkan.
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London Thamesport (LTP) is located in the heart of Southeast England, 10 miles from the M2 motorway, 35 miles from London. It is one of the UK’s busiest container ports. LTP is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group. HPH, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in a total of 51 ports, spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. HPH also owns a number of transportation-related service companies.