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IRISL reaches out to China ahead of sanctions

Ahead of sanctions due next month, Iran’s top line IRISL has set up a Chinese joint venture line.

Newcomer Reach Shipping Lines will operate the four new 14,508 teu ships, delivered in August to IRISL, on a new Far East – Colombo service that calls at Qingdao, Xingang, Dalian, Busan, Lianyungang, Shanghai, Singapore, Port Kelang, Colombo, Singapore, Qingdao.

According to Alphaliner, Reach Shipping Lines was set up in July 2018 by the Shanghai-based Reach Group, which is closely linked to IRISL.

Shanghai Tenreach International Logistics, a Shanghai listed company controlled by the Reach Group, is a freight forwarder in China with NVOCC qualifications approved by China’s Ministry of Transport.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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