MUMBAI: Ocean Network Express (ONE) will start a West India North America(WIN) weekly container shipping service linking India’s west coast and the United States east coast to boost the liner’s services in the India subcontinental market, the carrier announced on Monday.
The new WIN service, starting May 2024, will offer a weekly route from Hazira, Nhava Sheva, Mundra to New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Charleston. The service will also call at Damietta, Algeciras, Jeddah, which offers further connection to Mediterranean destinations in combination with other services.
The new service will be operated by a fleet of nine vessels, all operated by ONE. The independent nature of the WIN will provide reliability and flexibility to customers, the liner said in a statement.
India has been playing an increasingly important role in world trade, with an export volume of approximately $453 billion for merchandise trade with an annual growth rate of 15 percent in 2022, according to the World Trade Outlook and Statistics published by World Trade Organisation.
Singapore-headquartered ONE currently runs 22 weekly services which collectively covers 11 ports in India.
“Hazira container terminal is a gateway to the industrially vibrant belt of South Gujarat, North Maharashtra and Central India. The main commodities include FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) such as electronics, perishables such as foodstuff and retail goods including textile and apparel. Furthermore, chemical moving between these two countries will benefit from the direct and increased capacity. ONE’s new WIN will provide customers in this region with a fast and direct service to meet their needs for on-time delivery to and from North America,” said Apramapar Singh, General Manager of India Marketing in ONE India.
“At ONE, we strive to embrace and support our customers’ growth patterns. The rapid move of so many toward India is ripe for collaboration; our new WIN service is a flexible and dynamic product, designed to catalyse development of the India-North America market and beyond. Enhanced access to additional growing economies along this new route, by direct call and transshipment, will provide even further value to ONE’s partners in their pursuit of supplier/buyer diversification,” added Zach Connors, Senior Director and Head of Sales of ONE North America.
Source: ET infra