UASC announced the launch of the MINA (Middle East - Indian Sub Continent - North America) Service that will combine its current MIX and SINA services.

The new service ’ MINA - is a combination of the current MIX (Mediterranean ’ India Express) and SINA (South East Asia, India ’ North America) services. MIX runs between the US East Coast, Mediterranean, Middle East and Indian Sub Continent with 11 x 2,000 TEU class vessels of which nine are supplied by UASC and two by Hanjin Shipping. SINA operates between US East Coast, South East Asia and Indian Sub Continent with 8 vessels; partner carriers including UASC, Hanjin Shipping, K-Line and Yang Ming contributing two each.

The MINA Service will deploy a total of 9 x 4,000 teu vessels of which six are supplied by UASC and three by Hanjin.

It is important to note that the MINA Service is a direct continuation of the SINA and MIX Services providing customers with uninterrupted service coverage. The deployment of 9 larger and faster vessels will provide UASC’s customers with fast transit times in both directions.

In addition, it further confirms UASC’s commitment to provide fast and efficient services to and from the US East Coast, Indian Sub Continent, Middle East and Mediterranean markets.

The MINA Service will also provide a direct link between US East Coast and the Middle East.

The SINA service will cease operation end of December 2008.

The first sailing on the MINA service will take place on January 5th, 2009 from Khor Fakhan.

Port rotation on the MINA Service is as follows: Khor Fakhan, Jebel Ali, Port Qasim - Nava Sheva ’ Port Said ’ Med Hub ’ La Spezia ’ Fos ’ Barcelona ’ Valencia ’ Med Hub ’ New York ’ Norfolk ’ Savannah ’ Valencia ’ Genoa ’ Port Said ’ Jeddah ’ Khor Fakhan.