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OOCL introduces Asia-East Africa service to Mombasa, Dar and back
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 01:33

HONG KONG's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), now a Cosco unit, has introduced an Asia-East Africa service this month, the Asia-East Africa Service 1 (EAX1), Asia-East Africa Service 2 (EAX2), Asia-East Africa Service 3 (EAX3) and the Asia-East Africa Service 4 (EAX4).

The port rotation for the Asia-East Africa Service 1 (EAX1): Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Guangzhou-Nansha, Singapore, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Penang, Singapore, Guangzhou-Nansha and back to Qingdao.

"Our new products will provide customers with competitive and reliable services between the Far East and East Africa with direct calls to strategic ports such as Mombasa and Dar Es Salaam," said OOCL.

The Freight Summit to be held at Reverie Saigon from October 9 to 12 with Vietnam Shipping Gazette as officialy media sponsor
Monday, 24 September 2018 01:47

THIS year's The Freight Summit will be held to the Reverie Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City from October 9-12, where forwarders connect to discuss a wide range of issues.

Organisers expect delegates will meet more than 300 independent freight forwarders, CEOs and decision makers.

And together they will generate more business leads and establish partnerships with several companies worldwide as well as opening a network conference with no membership requirements.

Delegates will also learn the latest trends and topics in the forwarding industry from our invited speakers as well as experience the beauty of Ho Chi Minh City.

For more information, contact Cyrene Mendoza at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Georgia’s new inland terminal open for business
Thursday, 20 September 2018 01:45

Appalachian Regional Port to serve four-state region

Gov. Nathan Deal, center, cuts a ribbon during the Grand Opening of the Appalachian Regional Port near Chatsworth, Ga., Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Improved rail access to the area has led to increased interest from manufacturers and logistics services. The inland terminal will be operated by the Georgia Ports Authority and served by CSX.

Gov. Nathan Deal, state officials and more than 350 business and civic leaders were on hand today to officially open the Appalachian Regional Port (ARP) in Northwest Georgia.

“The Appalachian Regional Port is a powerful new gateway to the Port of Savannah that extends the efficiencies of Georgia’s superior port operations to new markets,” Deal said. “It will also serve as an economic development magnet, drawing business and industry to the Southeast U.S.”

Located in Murray County, the new state-of-the-art facility will provide logistics solutions for customers in a four-state region and remove an estimated 50,000 trucks and 15 million truck miles from local highways every year.

“The ARP is part of our Network Georgia initiative that brings services from the coast to communities around the state,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “The new inland terminal will provide the same, superior quality services our customers have come to rely on: congestion-free, easy access, expedited handling and reliability.”

Through intermodal rail service from CSX, the Appalachian Regional Port offers customers across North Georgia, Northeast Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky a more efficient option to move cargo to and from Savannah’s container port.

GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood said building additional logistics assets helps fulfill the Authority’s overall mission.

“Our job at Georgia’s ports is very simple – to build, operate and maintain the very best infrastructure and services in the maritime industry. And, the ARP will be another example of this commitment,” Allgood said. “We appreciate the governor’s support for the ARP and other projects that have helped to make our ports what they are today. Gov. Deal knows what it takes to make Georgia the No. 1 state in the nation to do business.”

Handling both import and export containers, CSX will provide service on a direct, 388-mile rail route to and from the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal.

“CSX is proud to serve regional customers through the ARP, which will unlock new economic opportunities while lowering shipping costs,” said Dean Piacente, vice president of CSX intermodal sales and marketing. “We applaud the vision and leadership of Governor Deal and the Georgia Ports Authority, as they drive Georgia forward in ways that will benefit both businesses and consumers.”

The new rail terminal will be worked by three electric rubber-tired gantry cranes. Each has a lift capacity greater than 40 tons and, working together, can handle 100,000 container lifts per year.

Murray County is a Tier 1 area, meaning special incentives are available to job creators who locate there. More direct and economical access to the second busiest port on the East Coast will make Murray County more attractive to those involved in site selection.

“The Appalachian Regional Port is a great example of how the GPA is investing in rural Georgia, and not forgetting how that can play into the growing economic strength of the state,” Deal said.

Illya Copeland, executive director of the Murray County Industrial Development Authority (IDA), said the area offers prime locations for manufacturing and logistics development near the inland port. “Murray County features 16 sites offering more than 1,500 acres of developable land, most of which can support multiple developments,” Copeland said. “Of the 1,500 acres, 258 acres are rail-front property.”

He said the IDA bought a 382-acre tract in January, and is closing on two port-related projects in the park already.

Other benefits of the Appalachian Regional Port include:

  • Sits on 42 acres adjacent to U.S. 411 and features easy access to Interstate 75.
  • Will serve as a close, convenient and cost-effective source of empty containers for manufacturers across the region, offering significant savings on repositioning equipment for exports.
  • Offers generous container storage terms: five days free storage for loaded containers; 10-day free storage for empties.
  • Each round-trip container moved via the ARP offsets 710 truck miles on Georgia highways.

What customers are saying:

Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods

Claire Getty
Chief Financial Officer

With the Appalachian Regional Port, we will be able to source the empty containers. Also, it’s the same distance from us by truck, but it is closer to the Port of Savannah than Nashville. Cutting that much rail off and keeping the same drayage, we see it as a win. We see it as an opportunity to move as much as we can through the Appalachian Regional Port.


The Atlas Group
Kevin McKone
Vice President, Sales and Marketing

We’re excited it’s coming to the community. I think it will shorten the time it takes to get the container in the door, open it up and start selling it.


Đặng Thị Kim Tuyến ( Jenny)

GPA Sales Representative, Vietnam.


R.1608-09, MapleTree Business Center

No. 1060, Nguyen Van Linh Street

Tan Phong Ward, District 7

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Tel: (84-28) 36207518   MB: + 84 909599078

Fax: (84-28) 36207519

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