News Release

28th July 2004

XICT Welcomes New Long-haul Services


[28 July 2004 – Hong Kong] Maersk Sealand has recently launched two new long-haul services at Xiamen International Container Terminals (XICT), a Europe service and a Europe-Mediterranean service. The two services deploy a total of 15 vessels, the largest 318 metres in length and 6,000 TEU in capacity.

On 19 July, the first vessel of the Europe-Mediterranean AE6 service, M.V. “Maersk Darwin”, called at XICT. The service calls at XICT every Monday and Saturday, with a routing of Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Hong Kong, Tanjung Pelepas, Genoa, Barcelona, Salalah and Jebel Ali, Hong Kong and Kaohsiung.

The following day on 20 July, M.V. “Knud Maersk” called at XICT commencing the second new service – the Europe AE7 service. This service has replaced the original AE2 service, calling at XICT every Wednesday, with a rotation of Yantian, Hong Kong, Tanjung Pelepas, Salalah, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Felixstowe, and Antwerp.

Edward Tang, General Manager of XICT commented, “XICT is pleased to have further expanded our long-haul services. Reflecting our strong commitment to our customers, management and operation staff will continue to work hard to increase productivity and efficiency.”

Presently XICT has four Europe services, three US services, one Mediterranean service and one Australia service. XICT now handles over half of Xiamen Port’s Europe- and US-bound containers.