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KOTA KINABALU: Sapangar Bay Container Port (SBCP) welcomed the “MV. HF Spirit” to commemorate the beginning of SITC’s new China-Vietnam-Malaysia (CVM) container shipping service.
Under the CVM route, SITC would offer weekly direct services calling Kota Kinabalu’s SBCP as well as Nansha, Shekou, Haiphong, Qinzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuching, and Bintulu. Each of the four vessels, each of which has a carrying capacity of up to 1,032 TEUs, will be deployed in turn.

The additional capacity, faster transit times, and weekly connections between ports offered by the new service will boost trade growth between China, Vietnam, and East Malaysia.

Datuk Ng Kiat Min, the Managing Director of Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd, stated that as businesses gradually return to normalcy following the pandemic, Sabah Ports is prepared to accommodate the expected increase in container volume by collaborating with key industry players who offer a reliable network for the transportation of goods.

He expressed enthusiasm about establishing a strong partnership with SITC and their local agent, Dynamic Linkage Logistics Sdn Bhd. This collaboration not only demonstrates SITC’s confidence in SBCP’s capabilities but also strengthens SBCP’s position as a regional transshipment hub.

According to Alphaliner statistics, SITC International Holdings Co. Ltd., ranked 13th globally among container shipping companies as of December 31, 2022. Headquartered in Hong Kong, SITC operates a fleet of 108 vessels, including 84 self-owned vessels.

They provide services across 75 routes covering 17 countries and 76 major ports in various regions, including Mainland China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Bengal, Myanmar, Russia, and India.

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