Asian Container Lines Add Transpacific Links
Taiwanese container line Wan Hai Lines has concluded an agreement with China’s COSCO Container Lines and Japan’s Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (”K” LINE) to jointly operate a Transpacific service from South China to the US Pacific South West, dubbed SEA service.
Wan Hai will also be cooperating with ”K” LINE and Singapore-based Pacific International Lines (PIL) to jointly operate a Transpacific service from Central China to US Pacific South West, named CALCO-D service.
The SEA service is expected to commence on May 10 with six 9,000 – 10,000 TEU ships, one by Wan Hai, three by COSCON and two by ”K” LINE. The rotation of SEA service will be: Hong Kong – Yantian – Long Beach – Yantian – Hong Kong.
The CALCO-D service is also expected to commence on May 10, with six 5,500 – 6,000 TEU ships, two by Wan Hai, two by ”K” LINE, one by PIL, and one shared vessel. The rotation of CALCO-D service will be: Qingdao – Shanghai – Xiamen – Long Beach – Qingdao.
Wan Hai also plans to enter into a space swap arrangement with ”K” LINE on CALCO-B (CCB) service and COSCO Container Lines on CEN service. The port rotation of CCB is: Shanghai – Ningbo – Long Beach – Oakland – Tokyo – Yokohama – Nagoya – Shanghai; and the port rotation of CEN is: Xinggang – Qingdao – Shanghai – Prince Rupert – Long Beach – Oakland – Xinggang.
Image: Port of Long Beach