Leading regional port management and logistics company Gulftainer has announced a new connection at its Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT), as CMA-CGM's Mex Service (Mediterranean Club Express) is now calling weekly at the terminal.
The first call was made by the 6,500 TEU CMA-CGM Balzac on Tuesday on route to ports in South-East Asia, China and South Korea from a range of Mediterranean areas.
Situated conveniently on Sharjah's east coast, KCT has been increasingly recognised in recent years not only for its ideal location in serving the countries of the region, but also for of its efficiency and productivity.
The location has become essential especially in the current economic climate where shipping lines and all businesses are facing unprecedented challenges in business.
CMA-CGM have been major customers of KCT for years, using the terminal as a major hub, covering the Gulf, South Asia and Africa and – as a result of re-working schedules to improve efficient connections – the Mex Service (Mediterranean Club Express) will now be calling at KCT on a weekly basis.
"Despite the rather downbeat atmosphere in the worldwide economy at present, we have no doubt that we must continue to offer the best services to our customers and assist them by ensuring that we handle their ships as quickly and productively as possible," said Gulftainer Group Director and General Manager Peter Richards.
"Khorfakkan is already in the ideal location to act as a relay point for containers throughout the region – and in these difficult days the time and money lines can save by using the terminal will be an even more valuable contribution."
He said that the move by CMA-CGM to enhance their portfolio at KCT would add more opportunities for the traders of the UAE to use Khorfakkan".
KCT is one of the world's leading container transshipment ports.