The export of cargo from Lampung Province and Sumatera Island in general will be faster, more efficient, and expectedly cheaper, following the opening of Sealand’s Intra-Asia One (IA1) that will directly ship from Panjang to North East Asia regions.
Sealand, a group of world’s number one shipping line Maersk Line, has just opened direct calls from Panjang Port to North East Asia, including ports in Russia, China, Korea, this month.
Starting with the call of MV Northen Defender, on Monday, March 11, another bigger vessel Balthasar Schulte then called on Monday March 25, proving the commitment of Sealand to deploy bigger and bigger vessels for this route.
Balthasar Schulte, a 4,250 containership with LOA of 261m, remains the biggest containership ever called to Panjang. And in case of weekly based calls, this Liberia flag ship remain the biggest that will call routinely to Sumatera Island.
On its first call, Balthasar Schulte loaded/unloaded as many as 363 boxes in total, including 329 dry containers and 34 reefer.
Reduce Transit Times by up to 69 %
Routing Panjang –Jakarta – Tanjung Pelepas – Singapore – Hong Kong – Yantian – Kaoshuing – Taichung – Ningbao – Shanghai – Busan – Vladvostock – Fishport – Qingdao, the IA1 is expected to cut the transit times from Panjang and create more efficient cost.
According to Sealand calculation, the IA1 will help to shorten the transit times up to six days. For example, the IA1 will cut transit times by 6 days from Panjang to Busan, Taichung and Kaohsiung and by four and three days each to Hong Kong and Yantian.
With the new service from Panjang, Sealand Asia’s IA1 will lead the market in connecting the region to North East Asia, reinforcing the company’s commitment to enabling new trade opportunities for business located in Lampung and Palembang, and in Sumatera in general.
“Sealand has grown together with the Port of Panjang since we first entered the market in 2009 under our brand of MCC. We believe that our new upgraded IA1 service that connects Panjang directly to China, South Korea, and Russia, will provide customers a new level of connectivity and will support international trade not only for the Lampung Province, but also the southern part of Sumatera,” says Joshua Ng, Country Manager of Sealand.
Joshua explained that the new IA1 service has the largest vessels that call Panjang Port and is the only service that directly serves routes from Panjang to Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Busan (Korea), and Shanghai (China).
He further said, the IA1 is able to carry more export from Lampung and Palembang through an approximately 167% increase in vessel space, 46% increase in reefer capacity, and reduction in transit times by up to 69%.