In Brief

July 2016

More cargo flights to Brussels

ETIHAD Cargo has commenced a new twice weekly A330 freighter service to Brussels Airport, further strengthening connectivity options and economic ties between Abu Dhabi and Brussels and adding freighter capacity beyond its existing passenger service. 
The airline already flies a daily passenger service to Brussels with its supporting bellyhold cargo, and the addition of the freighter underlines Belgium’s importance to its European network.

Tanker rates upped at canal

EGYPT’S Suez Canal Authority has set new toll rates for oil tankers as part of a six-month experiment that came into effect recently, it said on its website.

Very large crude carriers (VLCCs) transiting the canal from the Arabian Gulf after discharging at the Sumed oil pipeline will be charged $155,000 if they are carrying more than 250,000 in deadweight tonnage.

VLCCs are to pay $230,000 on their return ballast trip.

The canal is one of Egypt›s main sources of foreign currency. 

DP World’s role in Expo 2020

EXPO 2020 Dubai has announced DP World as its Premier Global Trade Partner. 

The company, a leading enabler of global marine and inland trade, owns and operates 77 terminals globally including the Port of Jebel Ali, less than 10 km from the Expo site.

DP World is expected to play a vital role in the supply chain for the Expo, which will bring together over 180 nations and 25 million visitors. 

New route links Salalah

ALALAH Port in southern Oman has added a mainline service with the start of Mediterranean Shipping Company’s New Falcon direct Asia-Middle East service. The first New Falcon

vessel MSC Ningbo called at the port, arriving from Colombo in May.

The new service operates with eight vessels of 8,000 teu capacity and offers the fastest transit time from the Far East to Oman. 

Port of Salalah CEO David Gledhill said it would facilitate enhanced trade with other economies in the Middle East.

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