New sea route connecting Naha and Ho Chi Minh:

Export growth for Okinawa anticipated

The Shanghai Hai Hua Shipping Company (HASCO), a Chinese maritime transport company, has begun operating international container ships on a route between Naha Port and Ho Chi Minh Port in Vietnam through Keelung Port in Taiwan. On January 18 the first ship to take this route will come in to Naha Port. This is the first direct distribution route that links Naha and Vietnam.

In 2005, HASCO and the Okinawa Kokusai Kaiun Company (OKK), which acts as a shipping agent for HASCO, opened a route connecting Shanghai, Naha and Taiwan. However, the new route extends operations of the 2005 route on the mainland China end to Lianyungang Port in Jiangsu Province, and on the south end to Vietnam.

In addition, three cargo ships were added to the operations on this route, which goes from Lianyungang, to Shanghai, to Naha, to Keelung, to Ho Chi Minh, and then returns to Shanghai. The ships on this route come into Naha Port every Thursday.

Website reported on the fact that this is also the first time that Lianyungang Port in Jiangsu Province, China, has been connected by a direct route with Naha. Lianyungang produces agricultural goods, so Okinawan vendors are making inquiries about the import of fruits and vegetables.

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