9th April 2001 – China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), one of the world’s top 10 container shipping line commenced a new “Southeast Asia – China Direct Services” at Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) on April 7th 2001 with the arrival of the 15,923 DWT (deadweight) vessel, MV. Yang Jiang He.
Indonesian shippers can export and import directly to and from China on a weekly basis, with the following rotation: Jakarta – Shekou – Ningbo – Shanghai – Wenzhou – Singapore. The service will be operated by three sister vessels: MV. Yang Jiang He (836 TEUs), MV. Chao Shan He (836 TEUs) and MV. Yong Ding He (764 TEUs).
The new COSCO service will specially benefit shippers from Semarang and Surabaya, since this service is scheduled to connect with Panurjwan and DTUM feeder service which operates weekly between JICT, Semarang, Surabaya, Banjarmasin, Pontianak, Palembang, Panjang, Belawan, Padang and Ujung Pandang.
At a ceremony to welcome the vessel which was attended by the Minister Counselor of the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr. Xiao Zhen Rong, the President Director of JICT, Mr. W.S Wirjawan commented, ” JICT is delighted to receive this new service from COSCO. We are also pleased that shippers throughout Indonesia can connect with this and other services using feeders now calling direct to JICT. We remain committed to developing of JICT into a world class hub port for Indonesia.”
Also present was the Owner’s Representative of COSCO, Mr. Lei Zhen Ya who said, “COSCO is optimistic and has confidence in the economic recovery of Indonesia. However, such a recovery may not be attained without the commitment of all concerned parties”.