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CSCL H1 net profit up 40pc

SHANGHAI-BASED shipping line China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) said it made a net profit of CNY2.14 billion (US$259 million) in the first half of the year, up 40 per cent over the same period last year as it was largely helped by an increase in fleet capacity.

The seventh largest container shipping company by capacity, CSCL said its turnover in the first half was CNY13.49 billion, compared to CNY9.89 billion in the same period last year.

CSCL said in a statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that its first half results were helped by the arrival of new vessels. During the period, 10 new vessels with a total capacity of 46,916 TEU were delivered and put into operation in the line's major trade routes.

As compared with the end of year 2004, the shipping capacity of CSCL increased by approximately 17.9 per cent to 299,672 TEU, the company said in the statement.

"The additional capacity has fulfilled the strong demand of the shipping market," CSCL said.

In the first half of the year the group launched seven additional international trade routes including the Far-East-Black Sea route; Southeast Asia-Europe route; an additional Southeast Asia-Australia service; a West America route; a China-Southeast Asia route; an East Mediterranean service and a Far East-South Africa service.