SeaLead Launches FIX2 Service to Boost Trade Links Between China and India

February 22, 2024

The new service will provide fast transit times between Central & South China and India. 

Singapore – SeaLead, a fast-growing global shipping line, today announced the launch of its latest service, the Far East India Express 2 (FIX2). This service underlines SeaLead’s commitment to broadening its network and promoting efficient global trade, particularly at a time when trade relations in the region are witnessing significant growth. 

The FIX2 service will commence with the MV Baltrum sailing from Ningbo on 2nd March 2024 and will deploy a fleet of five vessels. FIX2 will connect key ports in China (Ningbo, Xiamen, Shekou) to Mundra, and call Port Klang eastbound, before making its return voyage to Ningbo. This initiative is a direct response to the surging demand for more direct and effective shipping services, aiming to strengthen trade connections and spur economic expansion between China and India. FIX2 also enhances SeaLead’s ability to use Mundra as a hub on the westbound leg and offer connections to South Asia, Middle East, Red Sea, Africa and the Mediterranean. The call at Port Klang will also offer the ability to offer connections to other South East Asia destinations.

SC Chan, Acting Head of SeaLead, stated, “With the introduction of the FIX2 service, we’re enhancing our service offerings to meet customer needs. The service is tailored to improve trade between China and India, supporting the economic growth of these areas. Our focus is on delivering solutions that are attuned to the commercial realities our customers face, fostering better connectivity and streamlined operations for their businesses.”

With trade between India and China reaching a new high of $136.2 billion in 2023, the FIX2 service gains importance with its goal to provide better connectivity between the two nations. With India’s projected economic growth at 7.3% in 2023-24, the service becomes even more crucial. 

Shiva Mahadevan, Managing Director for South Asia and the Middle East at SeaLead, commented, “As trade between India and China reaches new heights, the launch of FIX2 signifies our commitment to facilitating not only growth but also fostering a more interconnected global economy. This service is a testament to our dedication towards enhancing the efficiency and reach of maritime trade routes, ensuring that our clients have access to the most direct and robust shipping solutions available.” 

The FIX2 service targets the west coast of India, while the FIX1 service provides direct routes from China to India’s east coast, offer comprehensive benefits to customers. These services ensure seamless connectivity across India’s vast market, enhancing trade efficiency, reducing transit times, and facilitating access to key markets. 

About SeaLead

Founded in 2017, SeaLead is a relatively new entrant to the global container shipping market but has shown remarkable growth since its inception. With our headquarters in Singapore, a regional office in Dubai, and agencies in pivotal markets, we prioritize outstanding customer service levels. SeaLead, a privately owned global shipping line, boasts a presence in 41 countries. Our vision is to streamline international trade among major economies and between emerging global markets.  

For more information please contact Sea Lead Media Contact Toby Edwards, at toby.edwards@sea-lead.com or visit sea-lead.com

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SeaLead Introduces Gulf India Express Service to Enhance India-Gulf Trade Connectivity

February 20, 2024

New service will provide fast access between India and Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman

Singapore – SeaLead is pleased to announce the launch of its new container shipping service, the Gulf India Express (GIX), designed to streamline and enhance the trade routes between India and the Gulf region. This new service aligns with SeaLead’s strategic vision to expand its operational network and facilitate efficient trade between these key markets.

In partnership with Blue Water Line (an Abrao Group Company), the GIX service will operate 2 ships with 1 vessel provided by each partner. The service will provide a reliable and efficient weekly rotation connecting the key ports of Mundra, Nhava Sheva, Sohar, Jebel Ali, Dammam, and returning to Mundra. The inaugural voyage of the MV Taichung is scheduled to depart Jebel Ali on 22nd February 2024 followed by MV Abrao Cochin on the 29th Feb 2024 from Jebel Ali.

SC Chan, Acting Head of SeaLead, highlighted the strategic importance of the new service, stating, “The Gulf India Express is a critical addition to our services, designed to enhance the trade corridor between India and the Gulf region. As Saudi Arabia and UAE are key trading partners with India, this service aims to support the growing trade demands and foster stronger business relationships between these regions.”

Shiva Mahadevan, Managing Director for South Asia and the Middle East at SeaLead, commented on the service’s impact, “The GIX service demonstrates our commitment to delivering reliable, efficient shipping solutions tailored to the needs of global trade. By connecting major ports in India with the Gulf, we are facilitating smoother trade operations, offering tangible benefits to businesses and contributing to economic growth across these regions.”

The introduction of the Gulf India Express service is a strategic initiative, aligning with the ambitious goals of India and Saudi Arabia to double their bilateral trade to US$100 billion in the coming years from the current level of approximately US$52 billion. This service underscores the importance of enhancing trade relations not only with Saudi Arabia, India’s second-largest trading partner, but also with the United Arab Emirates, highlighting the service’s pivotal role in bolstering the trade links and facilitating economic cooperation across these significant markets.

About SeaLead

Founded in 2017, SeaLead is a relatively new entrant to the global container shipping market but has shown remarkable growth since its inception. With our headquarters in Singapore, a regional office in Dubai, and agencies in pivotal markets, we prioritize outstanding customer service levels. SeaLead, a privately owned global shipping line, boasts a presence in 41 countries. Our vision is to streamline international trade among major economies and between emerging global markets.  

For more information please contact Sea Lead Media Contact Toby Edwards, at toby.edwards@sea-lead.com or visit sea-lead.com

SeaLead Announces Ownership Change and Management Update

February 16, 2024

Singapore – SeaLead, a fast-growing global shipping line, today announced a change in its ownership structure and a management transition, reflecting a strategic move aimed at reinforcing its market position and enhancing operational and commercial capabilities.

Introduction to New Ownership

Effective immediately, the ownership of SeaLead has transitioned to a group of investors, comprising:

  • Eurasia Capital: a Singapore-registered equity and debt multi-purpose fund that invests in multiple geographies across various sectors. With an in-depth understanding of diverse industries, including expertise in the maritime and logistics industry, they strive to identify attractive investments across the maritime value chain.
  • HCP Investments: a Mauritius-based fund that invests across equities, debt notes, performance loans, derivatives as well as distressed assets across various markets and industries and with a target market includes Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, UAE and other GCC countries.
  • Access Capital Funds: a Cayman Islands-registered fund that employs multi-asset investment strategies across sectors and geographies.
  • Saral Incorp. VCC SubFund: a Mauritius-registered fund that employs multi-asset investment strategies across sectors and geographies.

For reference, this change in ownership is officially recorded in the ACRA (Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority) registry, the authoritative body in Singapore, SeaLead’s country of legal incorporation.

As part of the new ownership structure, a Board of Directors will be set up to represent the interests of the new owners in overseeing SeaLead. This board will be instrumental in providing strategic oversight and ensuring that SeaLead’s operations align with the new owners’ long-term goals. Further details about the Board of Directors, including its composition and specific responsibilities, will be announced in due course.

The transition to new ownership is driven by SeaLead’s consistent performance and potential for further development in the container shipping industry. The new ownership aligns with SeaLead’s strategic objectives, aiming to leverage the company’s growth trajectory through enhanced governance and access to global capital markets.

Leadership Transition

In conjunction with this ownership change, Henry Schmidl, the Managing Director of SeaLead, will depart the company. This decision is part of the strategic realignment under the new ownership. We acknowledge Mr. Schmidl’s contributions to SeaLead and wish him success in his future endeavors. In the interim period, SC Chan, an experienced Liner executive and who was already a part of the SeaLead Management team, will serve as Head of SeaLead.

Implications for SeaLead’s Operations

This change is not expected to lead to any disruption to SeaLead’s operations, ensuring a seamless transition for customers, employees, and partners. The new ownership structure is expected to strengthen SeaLead’s operational capabilities, expand its market reach, and enhance its service offerings in the container shipping sector.

Contact SeaLead

For more information, please contact SeaLead Media Contact Toby Edwards, at toby.edwards@sea-lead.com or visit sea-lead.com

About SeaLead

Founded in 2017, SeaLead is a relatively new entrant to the global container shipping market but has shown remarkable growth since its inception. With our headquarters in Singapore, a regional office in Dubai, and agencies in pivotal markets, we prioritize outstanding customer service levels. SeaLead, a privately owned global shipping line, boasts a presence in 41 countries. Our vision is to streamline international trade among major economies and between emerging global markets.  

For more information please contact Sea Lead Media Contact Toby Edwards, at toby.edwards@sea-lead.com or visit sea-lead.com

SeaLead Expands Global Reach with New Agency Office in Dubai

February 7, 2024

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 5, 2024 – SeaLead has opened its new agency office in Dubai on 1st February. This modern office provides SeaLead with an ideal base to serve customers across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia.

“Dubai’s ascent as a central connecting point between Europe, Asia and Africa made it a clear choice for our new office,” said Henry Schmidl, Global Managing Director at SeaLead. “With state-of-the-art infrastructure matched by business-friendly policies,

Dubai delivers efficiency and accessibility that benefit our operations and customers.”

The office inauguration aligns with SeaLead’s strategic global growth plan following recent expansions in Malaysia and India.

“We are proud to open our new agency office in Dubai,” said Chandra Chigulury, SeaLead’s General Manager for the Middle East and Africa. “Dubai’s global connectivity across air, sea and land networks strengthens our capabilities to provide seamless service to customers. This move signals our commitment to keep advancing trade flows through Dubai and beyond.”

With its new office, SeaLead is poised to capitalise on Dubai’s position as an accelerating logistics hub in worldwide supply chains.

About SeaLead

Founded in 2017, SeaLead is a relatively new entrant to the global container shipping market but has shown remarkable growth since its inception. With our headquarters in Singapore, a regional office in Dubai, and agencies in pivotal markets, we prioritize outstanding customer service levels. SeaLead, a privately owned global shipping line, boasts a presence in 41 countries. Our vision is to streamline international trade among major economies and between emerging global markets.  

For more information please contact Sea Lead Media Contact Toby Edwards, at toby.edwards@sea-lead.com or visit sea-lead.com

SeaLead 2023: A Year of Progress and Strategic Development

January 11, 2024

2023 was a productive year for SeaLead, marked by expansion and service improvements, contributing to our global presence and operational capabilities.

We participated in TPM 2023, held in February, a leading event for the trans-Pacific and global container shipping and logistics community, at the Long Beach Convention Center. It was a fantastic experience to meet and converse with these key stakeholders in the industry and introduce them to our innovative shipping solutions.

We welcomed Alok Nautiyal as the Global Director – Finance in April, bringing a wealth of experience to drive our financial strategies and growth. In May, our team had an enriching time at Transport Logistic 2023. We shared valuable conversations and had fruitful exchanges with our customers and peers during the event.

Our expansion in South Asia was marked by the inauguration of our Mumbai office in July, led by Shiva Mahadevan, Managing Director for South Asia and the Middle East, enhancing our service capabilities in the region.

Adding to our accolades, in August, we were honoured with the Maritime Sector Incentive (MSI) – Approved International Shipping Enterprise (MSI-AIS) Award by the Singapore Maritime Authority, highlighting our dedication to Singapore’s maritime development.

SeaLead also launched the FIX: Far East to India Express in August. This service promises one of the fastest transit times from China to India’s east coast.

We proudly announced SeaLead’s certification in September as a Great Place to Work® in Singapore, UAE, and USA, reinforcing our commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive work environment. In September, EXPRESS BERLIN, our largest vessel, commence its maiden voyage from Qingdao, showcasing impressive dimensions and a capacity of 10,114 TEUs.

To mark the Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, SeaLead organised educational campaigns to emphasise early detection and preventive measures. These initiatives, led by our Global Head of HR, provided platforms for sharing personal experiences and resources, demonstrating our commitment to health awareness.

In October, SeaLead also added to its global footprint, celebrating the opening of a 3,400 sq. ft office in Subang Jaya. Spearheaded by Winston Loo, Managing Director for Malaysia, this new office is strategically placed to optimise our operations in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East, and India.

November saw SeaLead highlighting its container shipping services at the Global Freight Summit 2023 in Dubai, emphasising our role in optimising global trade routes.

A major highlight for our team was the launch of the MEDSA service, a shipping route bridging the Mediterranean and Brazilian ports. This service, introduced in November, features key ports such as Itapoa, Paranagua, Santos, and Casablanca, offering comprehensive coverage and swift transit times.

In December, SeaLead finished the year ranked 18th in the Alphaliner TOP 100 ranking after breaking into the Top-20 earlier in the year.

As we reflect on these milestones, each achievement not only signifies our growth but also our dedication to providing exceptional services and expanding our global reach. Here’s to another year of surpassing boundaries and driving innovation in shipping.

About SeaLead

Founded in 2017, SeaLead is a relatively new entrant to the global container shipping market but has shown remarkable growth since its inception. With our headquarters in Singapore, a regional office in Dubai, and agencies in pivotal markets, we prioritize outstanding customer service levels. SeaLead, a privately owned global shipping line, boasts a presence in 41 countries. Our vision is to streamline international trade among major economies and between emerging global markets.  

For more information please contact Sea Lead Media Contact Toby Edwards, at toby.edwards@sea-lead.com or visit sea-lead.com

SeaLead Unveils New MEDSA Service, Connecting Mediterranean and Brazil Ports

November 30, 2023

Singapore – SeaLead, a fast-growing global shipping line, has announced the launch of its new Mediterranean – Brazil shipping route, the MEDSA Service. This new direct liner shipping service will enhance trade connectivity and expedite cargo transportation between ports in the Mediterranean and Brazil.

Henry Schmidl, Global Managing Director at SeaLead, commented on the launch, “The MEDSA Service is a strategic addition to our global route portfolio. It reflects our ongoing commitment to providing flexible and efficient shipping solutions that meet the evolving needs of the global trade community. This service will play a crucial role in fostering economic growth and strengthening trade ties between the Mediterranean and Brazil.”

The MEDSA Service includes pivotal ports such as Itapoa (BRIOA), Paranagua (BRPNG), Santos (BRSSZ), and Casablanca (MACAS). This carefully selected array of ports ensures comprehensive coverage of critical trade hubs, facilitating seamless trade between these regions.

Suleyman Avci, Managing Director, Europe & Mediterranean at SeaLead, added, “With the introduction of the MEDSA Service, we are not only expanding our network but also enhancing our capacity to serve the dynamic markets of the Mediterranean and Brazil. This service is designed to meet the high standards of reliability and efficiency that our customers expect from SeaLead.”

Transit times have been meticulously planned to provide swift and efficient transportation of goods. For Santos, the transit time ranges from 15 to 25 days, offering a timely solution for businesses. From Paranagua, the service takes approximately 17 to 27 days, while the journey from Itapoa is expected to take between 19 and 29 days. These transit times are indicative of SeaLead’s commitment to prompt and dependable service.

With the launch of the MEDSA Service, SeaLead reaffirms its dedication to advancing global trade through innovative and reliable shipping solutions.

About SeaLead

Founded in 2017, SeaLead is a relatively new entrant to the global container shipping market but has shown remarkable growth since its inception. With our headquarters in Singapore, a regional office in Dubai, and agencies in pivotal markets, we prioritize outstanding customer service levels. SeaLead, a privately owned global shipping line, boasts a presence in 41 countries. Our vision is to streamline international trade among major economies and between emerging global markets.  

For more information please contact Sea Lead Media Contact Toby Edwards, at toby.edwards@sea-lead.com or visit sea-lead.com

SeaLead Launches New Direct Shipping Service Connecting Key Red Sea Ports

November 29, 2023

Singapore –  SeaLead has announced a new direct shipping service along the Red Sea, connecting major ports in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Djibouti. This new service aims to establish uninterrupted trade links and accelerate cargo transit, thereby enhancing supply chain efficiency in the region.   

The service route will cover Jeddah (SAJED), Djibouti (DJJIB), Hodeidah (YEHOD), and return to Jeddah, with departures scheduled every two to three weeks. The introduction of SeaLead’s new Red Sea Service marks a significant step forward in enhancing regional trade connectivity. By directly linking the strategic ports of Jeddah, Djibouti, and Hodeidah, the service not only shortens transit times but also offers a reliable and consistent shipping schedule.  

This enhancement is particularly beneficial for businesses in the region, enabling them to plan and execute their logistics with greater efficiency and predictability. The service’s bi-weekly frequency ensures a steady flow of goods, catering to the growing demand for timely and dependable transportation in the bustling Red Sea trade corridor. With this new service, SeaLead underscores its commitment to customer contentment and its position as a top choice for businesses seeking streamlined trade routes.   

About SeaLead

Founded in 2017, SeaLead is a relatively new entrant to the global container shipping market but has shown remarkable growth since its inception. With our headquarters in Singapore, a regional office in Dubai, and agencies in pivotal markets, we prioritize outstanding customer service levels. SeaLead, a privately owned global shipping line, boasts a presence in 41 countries. Our vision is to streamline international trade among major economies and between emerging global markets.  

For more information please contact Sea Lead Media Contact Toby Edwards, at toby.edwards@sea-lead.com or visit sea-lead.com

SeaLead Expands Presence with New Malaysia Office

October 18, 2023

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 18th October, 2023 –SeaLead Shipping, a leading global container shipping line, inaugurated its new office in Subang Jaya on the 17th October, 2023. Strategically located between the port, key industrial areas, and the financial centre, the 3400 sq feet office stands as a testament to SeaLead’s commitment to Malaysia.

The establishment of this new office marks a continuation of SeaLead’s strategic expansion, following a recent opening in Mumbai, India. This move adds to SeaLead’s dedication to establishing a solid presence in key global markets, catering to the growing needs of its customers.

Henry Schmidl, SeaLead Global Managing Director, highlighted, “Malaysia, especially Port Klang, is pivotal to our operations as the primary transshipment hub for Southeast Asia, China, Middle East, and India. The new office will provide our customers with an additional choice to move their products efficiently. It will also bolster our position as a major player from Port Klang to the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.”

Winston Loo, SeaLead’s Managing Director for Malaysia, will steer the new office, leveraging his expertise for regional growth. Reflecting on the expansion, Loo noted, “The Subang Jaya office aligns with our strategic vision. Our future plans include further expanding our reach within Malaysia, with new offices in Penang and Pasir Gudang by 2024, affirming our goal to be amongst the top five carriers in all our service areas. Moreover, the planned introduction of services like FIX 2, linking China and the Indian Subcontinent with a call in Malaysia, exemplifies our adaptability and commitment to service enhancement.”

Malaysia’s 2024 national budget emphasizes economic restructuring, projecting a GDP growth of 4 to 5 percent in the next year. As SeaLead expands its operations, the company demonstrates its commitment to aligning with Malaysia’s economic direction and supporting the nation’s development.

About SeaLead

Founded in 2017, SeaLead is a relatively new entrant to the global container shipping market but has shown remarkable growth since its inception. With our headquarters in Singapore, a regional office in Dubai, and agencies in pivotal markets, we prioritize outstanding customer service levels. SeaLead, a privately owned global shipping line, boasts a presence in 41 countries. Our vision is to streamline international trade among major economies and between emerging global markets.  

For more information please contact Sea Lead Media Contact Toby Edwards, at toby.edwards@sea-lead.com or visit sea-lead.com

SeaLead Earns Prestigious Certification as Great Place to Work® in Singapore, UAE, and USA

September 13, 2023

Singapore, 13th September 2023 – SeaLead, a rapidly growing global container shipping line, has been certified as a Great Place to Work® in Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United States. This prestigious recognition highlights SeaLead’s commitment to creating a positive and inclusive work environment for all employees.

“We are honoured to receive this recognition, which is a testament to our dedication to building a strong and supportive culture,” said Henry Schmidl, Global Managing Director at SeaLead. “As a young company, we have always prioritized the well-being and professional growth of our employees, and this certification is a validation of our efforts.”

The Great Place to Work® certification is based on anonymous feedback from employees across various departments and levels within the organization. The survey assesses employee satisfaction and well-being, focusing on factors such as leadership, communication, teamwork, and opportunities for growth and development. Other countries in the SeaLead network were not considered for certification at this time due to being in the early stages of their operations.

“At SeaLead, we believe that our people are our greatest asset, and we strive to provide them with an environment where they can thrive,” said Sonia Vaswani, Global Head of Human Resources at SeaLead. “We are committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and this recognition demonstrates our progress in achieving these goals.”

Great Place to Work® Certification™ is the most definitive “employer-of-choice” recognition that companies aspire to achieve. It is the only recognition based entirely on what employees report about their workplace experience – specifically, how consistently they experience a high-trust workplace. The certification is recognized worldwide by employees and employers alike and is the global benchmark for identifying and recognizing outstanding employee experience. Every year, more than 10,000 companies across 60 countries apply to get Great Place to Work®-Certified.

About SeaLead

Founded in 2017, SeaLead is a relatively new entrant to the global container shipping market and has shown extraordinary growth since its inception. With our headquarters in Singapore and a regional office in Dubai, plus a network of agencies in key markets, we are focused on providing outstanding levels of customer service. SeaLead is a privately owned global shipping line and has a presence in 18 countries. Our team aims to simplify international trade among major economies and between emerging markets worldwide. For more please visit sea-lead.com or visit us on LinkedIn.

About Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, they have surveyed more than 100 million employees worldwide and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Their employee survey platform empowers leaders with the feedback, real-time reporting and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. Everything they do is driven by the mission to build a better world by helping every organization become a great place to work For All™.

Follow Great Place to Work® at www.greatplacetowork.me and on our social media pages: Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter 

Contact: 
Toby Edwards 
Global Chief Marketing Officer 
toby.edwards@sea-lead.com

About SeaLead

Founded in 2017, SeaLead is a relatively new entrant to the global container shipping market but has shown remarkable growth since its inception. With our headquarters in Singapore, a regional office in Dubai, and agencies in pivotal markets, we prioritize outstanding customer service levels. SeaLead, a privately owned global shipping line, boasts a presence in 41 countries. Our vision is to streamline international trade among major economies and between emerging global markets.  

For more information please contact Sea Lead Media Contact Toby Edwards, at toby.edwards@sea-lead.com or visit sea-lead.com

SeaLead Honored with the Maritime Sector Incentive (MSI) – Approved International Shipping Enterprise (MSI-AIS) Award

August 24, 2023

Singapore – 24th August, 2023 – SeaLead Shipping, a leading global container shipping line, is proud to announce that it recently received the Maritime Sector Incentive (MSI) – Approved International Shipping Enterprise (MSI-AIS) Award from the Singapore Maritime Authority. This recognition emphasizes SeaLead’s commitment to the advancement of Singapore’s maritime sector and its aspiration to fortify Singapore’s standing as a premier maritime hub.

The MSI-AIS Award is tailored to inspire international ship owners and operators to anchor their commercial shipping ventures within Singapore’s dynamic maritime landscape.

Cho Kit Wei, Vice President, SeaLead, remarked on the accomplishment, saying, “This MSI-AIS Award is a testament to SeaLead’s strategic direction and our dedication to fostering Singapore’s maritime ambitions. SeaLead has chosen to be based in Singapore and we view it as both an honor and a responsibility, underlining our alignment with Singapore’s vision for a thriving maritime sector.”

“We are pleased to receive this recognition from the Singapore Maritime Authority with the MSI-AIS Award,” said SC Chan, Chief Executive Advisor, SeaLead. “This award is a testament to our commitment to Singapore and our belief in the future of the maritime industry here. We are committed to continuing to invest in Singapore and to help the country maintain its position as a leading maritime hub.”

About SeaLead

Founded in 2017, SeaLead is a relatively new entrant to the global container shipping market but has shown remarkable growth since its inception. With our headquarters in Singapore, a regional office in Dubai, and agencies in pivotal markets, we prioritize outstanding customer service levels. SeaLead, a privately owned global shipping line, boasts a presence in 41 countries. Our vision is to streamline international trade among major economies and between emerging global markets.  

For more information please contact Sea Lead Media Contact Toby Edwards, at toby.edwards@sea-lead.com or visit sea-lead.com