A new shipping line from India and Southeast Asia and another from southern and central China will begin calling on the Port of Savannah this summer, according to the Georgia Ports Authority.

The weekly Suez Express service, which will travel through the Suez Canal, will originate in Singapore and call on the port of Colombo, Sri Lanka, before arriving in Savannah 25 days later. The route then returns to Singapore via Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, and Port Kelang, Malaysia.

The Suez route will deploy five APL Limited ships and three ships provided by Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. and Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd.

A second new shipping route, the weekly East Coast Savannah Express, will deliver 22-day cargo between South China and Savannah via the Panama Canal. It will be the fastest service available from Hong Kong to the U.S. East Coast, according to the ports authority.

The route will originate in Ningbo, China, then call on Shanghai, China and Hong Kong, China, and stop in Panama before arriving in Savannah. Ships will then leave Savannah for New York, Norfolk, Va., and Panama and then return to Ningbo.

This Panama Canal route will use eight vessels, one from APL, two from CMA CGM S.A., three operated by HMM and two operated by MOL.

Both new services will make inaugural calls on Savannah this summer, but exact dates are still to be set, according to the ports authority.

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Georgia Ports Authority – Robert Morris director of external affairs (912) 964-3855