Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), the preferred gateway to the Levant region and beyond, recently welcomed the maiden call of new shipping line ONE at Aqaba.
Ocean Network Express (ONE) is the global shipping line resulting from the merger of the container lines of Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line).
With a container fleet size of 1,440,000 TEU, the ONE is the 6th largest container line in the world with a modern fleet of 240 vessels, including 31 super-large ships, deployed over a service network covering close to 90 countries around the world.
Representatives from ACT’s management, along with ONE’s local agent, Gargour Shipping Company, welcomed the captain of the 275m long M/V MOL GARLAND and presented him with a special plaque to commemorate the historic maiden call in Aqaba of this new shipping line.
The vessel MOL GARLAND is deployed in the AR1 service which rotation starts in Busan, before sailing through Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou, Singapore, Port Kelang, Jeddah and then Aqaba. On her way back to Busan, share will be calling Ain Sokhna, Jeddah, Singapore and Ningbo.
This new AR1 service presents may new opportunities for investors, traders, importers, and exporters, which will further contribute to socioeconomic progress in the Kingdom. In 2014, a report issued by the government of Jordan deemed ACT a model private public partnership (PPP) for the country. Based on a build/operate/transfer (BOT) structure, the venture maintains the ownership of the company to the Kingdom, while leveraging on the expertise and the financial capacity of the private sector. ACT is now taking an active role in promoting Aqaba as a strategic regional trading hub, and the preferred gateway to Jordan and beyond.