Evergreen maiden voyage arrived [Archives:2005/836/Local News]

April 25 2005

Ridhwan Al-Saqqaf
The Far East – Red Sea Service, a joint service between Evergreen Marine Corporation (EMC) and Hapag Lloyd commenced on April 21 2005 with the arrival of the EMC vessel Santa Maddalena at 15:00 at the Aden Container Terminal (ACT).

The other three vessels in this service are Hatsu Pride, Uni Popular and Irenes Myth. Port rotation of this weekly service is as follows:

Port Kelang (Malaysia) – Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia) – Aden – Jeddah – Aqaba and return.

MV Santa Maddalena's maiden voyage to the ACT on April 21 was the culmination of a series of discussions held in Singapore and Taiwan between the two shipping lines and ACT operator, Overseas Port Management (S) Pty Ltd.

EMC is not new to the ACT. Its vessels used to call at ACT from 2001 to 2002 but left ACT after the Limburg incident.

The return of EMC/Hapag Lloyd joint service to the ACT is a good indicator of the shipping lines' confidence in the efficiency as well as streamlined systems and procedures of the ACT as a time-saving port with a strategic location. It comes with the shipping lines' perception of the improvement of general stability in Yemen.

ACT thanked both EMC and Hapag Lloyd for making the ACT one of their ports of call. At the same time it expressed its appreciation to the Yemen Port Authority for its cooperation in assuring the lines of its provision of quality marine services.