SeaLead Launches IDEA Service Connecting India and UAE to East Africa

November 9, 2022

New Service Provides Fast and Direct Link Between Fast-Growing Regions

Singapore – 9th November, 2022– SeaLead has announced the launch of a new service connecting India and the United Arab Emirates to East Africa. The India-Dubai-East-Africa (IDEA) service will commence on 22nd November as a weekly service with four ships, of which SeaLead will provide two and OOCL and TS Lines one each. 

The rotation for the new service will be as follows:
Nhava Sheva (JNPT), Mundra (ADANI), Jebel Ali (DPW), Khalifa (CSP),
Mombasa (Kilindini), Dar Es Salam (HIT), Nhava Sheva (JNPT)

Commenting on the new service, Henry Schmidl, SeaLead Managing Director, noted “We are delighted to be launching this new service in conjunction with our partners. Trade between India, the UAE and East Africa has been growing strongly and our new service will add further options for our customers. Providing this fast and direct service will shorten transit times and allow for faster connections.” 

The new service will provide solutions for both large and small customers that are looking to tap into this lucrative and fast-growing trade lane. With both Kenya and Tanzania estimated to grow at a rate of 8% annually, the East Africa region is becoming of prime interest for companies looking to expand their business. The growth is very well promoted and driven by the efforts of the EAC (East African Community) – an intergovernmental organisation formed in 2000, that focuses strongly on infrastructure development, necessary to facilitate trade in Africa. India and the UAE are also benefiting from robust domestic economies, while India is one of the largest trade partners with East Africa (and Africa as a whole) having signed Trade Treaties with multiple African nations.
Transit times for the IDEA service:

WestboundMombasaDar Es Salaam
Nhava Sheva1820
Jebel Ali1114
Abu Dhabi1012
EastboundNhava ShevaMundraJebel AliAbu Dhabi
Dar Es Salaam12141819

Relatively new to the global shipping line sector, Sea Lead has grown rapidly in recent years and is currently ranked number 22 by industry expert Alphaliner. The company will continue to expand and develop new services to support its fast-growing customer base and satisfy the worldwide demand for cargo capacity.

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, an institutional investor-owned global shipping line, boasts a presence in over 41 countries. 

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