MISC Expands Halal Express Service With New Loop

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 5 (Bernama) — MISC Bhd will soon
launch the Halal Express Service-Loop 2 that directly connects Far East
ports to India and the Middle East region.

The service, to commence on Sept 24, 2009 from Japan, would meet
the growing demand for carriage of Halal produce and products, it said
in a statement on Saturday.

The Halal Express Service-Loop 2 serves Yokohama, Nagoya,
Shanghai, Xiamen, Singapore, Colombo, Nhava Sheva, Jebel Ali, Dammam,
Karachi, Port Klang, Singapore and back to Yokohama.

With the new loop, MISC would offer the fastest transit from
Yokohama, Nagoya and Xiamen to Nhava Sheva and the ports in Gulf
states, the company said.

The service will also offer a direct call from Dammam back to Yokohama, Nagoya, Shanghai and Xiamen.

A total of 6 x 4,500 TEU vessels equipped with 350 plugs per vessel are allocated for the new service.

Both the Halal Express-Loop 1 and 2 provide connections to the Red
Sea and Upper Gulf ports, namely Bahrain, Doha, Muscat, Umm Qassar and
Shuwaikh via Jebel Ali.