OOCL announced on Thursday last week that the Company will be extending its Mediterranean service network to the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent. The OOCL new Middle East / Pakistan / India – West Mediterranean Service (WM3) will be launched in March.

​OOCL announces new Middle East - Pakistan - India - West Mediterranean Service (WM3) for Asia-Europe Trade
Caption: Container ship Ningbo Express - Image courtesy of ELISCH

The WM3 provides direct linkage between the Middle East, Pakistan, India, Italy, Spain, France and Egypt, offering more competitive and reliable services than transshipment options. It also provides the fastest transit time to the West Mediterranean, particularly to the Italian market.

In addition, the strategic hubs in Khor Al Fakkan and Jebel Ali will allow OOCL to further connect its services to various OOCL networks in the region, thus offering exceptional flexibility and more shipping options to OOCL customers.

WM3 port rotation:  Khor Al FakkanJebel AliKarachiMundraNhava ShevaJeddah - SUEZ – Malta – La SpeziaGenovaBarcelona – Valencia – Tangier – Fos – Genova – Malta – Damietta – SUEZ – Jeddah – Khor Al Fakkan

Westbound effective voyage:  NINGBO EXPRESS, Voyage 809W, ETA Khor Al Fakkan on March 1

Eastbound effective voyage:  NINGBO EXPRESS, Voyage 809E, ETA Barcelona on March 26

OOCL Middle East - Pakistan - India - West Mediterranean Service (WM3)
Caption: OOCL Middle East - Pakistan - India - West Mediterranean Service (WM3)

Source: OOCL