Israeli liner operator Zim has teamed up with Vietnam’s Hai An Transport and Stevedoring (Hats) in a new joint venture targeting Vietnamese manufacturers.

The new operation, Lotus Link, will start domestic shipping services in Vietnamese ports in March.

The Haiphong-based company will initiate its first sailings in March using Vietnamese-flag vessels.

The vessels will serve Ho Chi Minh City and Danang and other ports where direct services are limited, the companies announced.