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Thamesport (London) Limited is pleased to announce that a new Asia-Europe Express Loop known as the AES 3 will commence calling at the Medway port in December 2007.

The AES 3 is a service operated jointly by Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation (Yang Ming) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Limited (K Line) and will operate between Northern Europe and China. Featuring four 4,300-TEU vessels and a fortnightly frequency, the first vessel due at Thamesport on 28th December 2007, will be the new-build Yang Ming Vancouver.

Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, owners of Thamesport (London) Limited, commented:

“We are extremely pleased to be chosen to host this new and significant service. Thamesport has a long-established reputation as a key player in the deep-sea container trade market, and this decision by Yang Ming and K Line serves to confirm this. The Port has benefited from a considerable programme of investment in recent months, and its first-class service and strategic position makes it an attractive port of choice for UK importers and exporters.”

The service, whilst initially offering a fortnightly sailing from Thamesport, will gradually upgrade to a weekly service commencing June 2008, as the Lines introduce a series of 8,200 TEU vessels:

The service has the following port rotation: Thamesport, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Jeddah, Singapore, Qingdao, Tianjin, Shanghai, Shekou, Singapore, Jeddah, Port Said and Thamesport.


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