March 3, 2011 - We are pleased to announce the commencement of a direct service beginning in April between Europe and northwest India, Pakistan, and the Middle East. This new service will be part of a joint-service agreement for the existing CMA-CGM Europe Pakistan India Consortium (EPIC) service.
This service will commence with the westbound voyage of OOCL San Francisco, which is expected to arrive at Jebel Ali on April 3. The first eastbound sailing will be OOCL San Francisco’s departure from Southampton on May 1, 2011.
The 56-day round voyage port rotation of EPIC is as follows: Jebel Ali (UAE) – Port Qasim (Pakistan) -Nhava Sheva (India) – Mundra (India) – Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) – Port Said (Egypt) – Malta (Republic of Malta) – Tangier (Morocco) – Southampton (U.K.) – Rotterdam (the Netherland) – Hamburg (Germany) – Antwerp (Belgium) – Le Harvre (France) – Khor Fakkan (UAE) – Jebel Ali.
NYK currently offers a weekly service from Europe to the Middle East. The participation of NYK in the EPIC service will now mean that NYK can offer a second weekly service from Europe to the Middle East as well as a comprehensive fixed-day weekly westbound service from Pakistan (Port Qasim) and India (Nhava Sheva, Mundra) to Northern Europe (Southampton, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre).