Odessa, Ukraine (PortSEurope) January 2, 2018 – Container Terminal Odessa (KTO), an HHLA International GmbH company, which processed the first vessel of the new weekly feeder service of the COSCO Shipping Lines in early November, will increase the transshipment volumes due to the introduction of larger capacity by COSCO Shipping Lines.
KTO Executive director for commerce Igor Yarovenko said the service was serviced by two vessels “Asiatic Island”, “AS Laetitia” with calls to ports – Alexandria – Mersin – Novorossiysk – Odessa – Piraeus – Alexandria.
After the successful launch of the service, COSCO Shipping Lines has renewed its fleet with higher-capacity container ships since December this year, in particular, the new two ships “Nordviolet” and “Michigan Trader” have been delivered to the service.
“Our company, being the operator of the largest container terminal in Ukraine, continues to expand its customer base due to the high standards of the service provided, which is one of the most important and key advantages of the HHLA group of companies.” We hope that the successful launch of this service will serve as a good base for further development and strengthening of strategic cooperation between the companies KTO and COSCO Shipping Lines, said the General Director of KTO Anastas Kokkin.
As reported, Container Terminal Odessa in May this year began servicing the linear services of three international shipping companies. It was about the regular services of the shipping lines Hapag Lloyd, Yang Ming Line and Maersk.
The company Container Terminal Odessa is a subsidiary of HHLA International GmbH.
Since 2010, the company has been building a new container terminal in conjunction with the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA). The project for the construction of the quarantine dock terminal, which provides for the expansion of the capacity for 600,000 TEU of annual transshipment is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the maritime transport industry of Ukraine. The total investment exceeds UAH 5 billion. Construction started in April 2010. In 2017, about 40% of all container freight flows were handled by KTO at the new quays of the quarantine dock.
Source: Port of Odessa
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