The UIG feeder service is a joint initiative between Abu Dhabi Ports' Safeen Feeders and Singapore-based Bengal Tiger Line and covers two loops from the United Arab Emirates to the Indian subcontinent and the upper Gulf region.
UIG's launch was marked by the maiden call of the 2,762 TEU Bellatrix I at PICT, which is a subsidiary of International Container Services, Inc (ICTSI).
"The UIG service strengthens the connection between the East and West trade hubs and significantly enhances the region's global competitiveness. The service is operated by three 2,800 nominal vessels and connects nine regional ports across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Pakistan and West India," ICTSI said in a statement.
"PICT welcomes the UIG service, a joint collaboration of Bengal Tiger Lines & Safeen Feeders. We appreciate this new partnership and look forward to adding value to their product by offering quality services leading to enhanced future growth," said Khurram Khan, PICT's CEO.
With the new service, PICT's customers will have additional direct port coverage for their cargo between Bahrain and Kandla.