COSCO Shipping Lines, the world’s largest integrated shipping group and third largest container shipping line, will now service PNG with bi-monthly vessel calls through Inchcape Shipping Services as its local PNG agents.
The maiden voyage into PNG was container ship, Hansa Cloppenburg, who called at the Lae Port yesterday (Thursday October 8) at 1125hrs. Tokyo Trader will follow on October 25 under the twice-a-month arrangement between Inchcape Shipping and COSCO Shipping.
Managing Director of PNG Ports, Fego Kiniafa, welcomed the bi-monthly service and commended COSCO for using its global network and introducing a new shipping service to the country.
“As the premier port services provider and owner of the international port facilities in the country, PNG Ports welcomes COSCO and thanks Inchcape,” Mr Kiniafa said.
“PNG Ports remains committed to working with COSCO and Inchcape, as we all work together to maintain the flow of goods in and out of the country.”
“We acknowledge the reputation and standing COSCO has within the (shipping) industry and look forward to providing efficient service that is on par with standard global practices, including fast turnaround times.”
“Our country also has a strong relationship with China in terms of trade and as such partnerships enhances these connections.”
The service is part of COSCO’s China/South Pacific service, which will offer fortnightly service connections between China and the South Pacific islands.
COSCO shipping owns and operates 403 container vessels and ranks 3rd place in the world in terms of shipping capacity. It services 401 shipping routes, of which 255 are international services to 356 ports in 105 countries worldwide.
Inchcape is one of the world’s leading maritime services providers with some 300 offices across 66 countries. In PNG, Inchape covers Kavieng, Kimbe, Lae, Rabaul, Wewak, Kumul Marine Terminal, Bialla, Basamuk, Madang, Manus and Alotau.