19 November 2007
Thamesport (London) Limited is pleased to announce that a new Asia-Europe Express Loop known as the AES 3 will commence calling at the Medway port in December 2007.
The AES 3 is a service operated jointly by Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation (Yang Ming) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Limited (K Line) and will operate between Northern Europe and China. Featuring four 4,300-TEU vessels and a fortnightly frequency, the first vessel due at Thamesport on 28th December 2007, will be the new-build Yang Ming Vancouver.
Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, owners of Thamesport (London) Limited, commented:
“We are extremely pleased to be chosen to host this new and significant service. Thamesport has a long-established reputation as a key player in the deep-sea container trade market, and this decision by Yang Ming and K Line serves to confirm this. The Port has benefited from a considerable programme of investment in recent months, and its first-class service and strategic position makes it an attractive port of choice for UK importers and exporters.”
The service, whilst initially offering a fortnightly sailing from Thamesport, will gradually upgrade to a weekly service commencing June 2008, as the Lines introduce a series of 8,200 TEU vessels:
The service has the following port rotation: Thamesport, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Jeddah, Singapore, Qingdao, Tianjin, Shanghai, Shekou, Singapore, Jeddah, Port Said and Thamesport.
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Thamesport (TMP) is located in the heart of South East England, 10 miles from the M2 motorway, 35 miles from London. It is one of the UK’s busiest container ports.
TMP is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in a total of 46 ports, spanning 23 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. HPH also owns a number of transportation-related service companies.