Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Shipping Companies Double Japan - Russian Container Sailings

Weekly Call for Direct Route plus new Busan Transhipment Service
Shipping News Feature

JAPAN – RUSSIA – Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) one of the worlds leading multi modal company’s, have announced a further strengthening of their partnership with FESCO, the Far Eastern Shipping Company by announcing that their joint container service between the two countries will now sail weekly, as opposed to the previous bi-weekly timetable. The routing, Japan Trans Siberian Line (JTSL), is the only direct service between Japan and Russia and has operated since 1972.

Additionally the two, who just last month announced they had signed an agreement to form a joint company focusing on providing a full range of warehousing and distribution services for Japanese goods consigned to Russia, confirmed they would introduce a new transhipment service via Busan as from next month.

MOL Executive officer Junichiro Ikeda said the company believed Russia to be “one of the most important emerging countries”, and said they were therefore focusing on it. FESCO Director Dmitriy Maslov commented, “It is pleasant to recognize that the cooperation with MOL is longer than with any other foreign partner of FESCO. MOL and FESCO are doing their best to continue services connecting Japan and Russia and increase the cargo flow.”

The new transhipment service will use MOL cargo space between Japan and South Korea (in addition to commercial feeder services) and the Korea-Soviet Direct Line service between South Korea and Russia offered by FESCO. This will cover the existing direct-service schedule (every other week) and allow weekly service on the Japan-Russia route.

The existing direct service will change to its weekly ports of call rotation from 12th July (Yokohama) as follows:

Yokohama (Monday) – Nagoya (Tuesday) – Kobe (Wednesday) – Moji (Thursday)(*) – Toyama (Saturday) – Vostochny (Monday) – Vladivostok (Wednesday)

(*) Only one call per month

Photo: MOL Executive officer Junichiro Ikeda and FESCO Director Dmitriy Maslov shake on their new cooperation.