April 19, 2010
by Purchasingb2b Staff
The Port of Halifax is gearing up to welcome a new container service.
The CKYH Alliance (which includes “K” Line, Hanjin Shipping, Yang Ming Line and COSCO Container Line) is working in co-operation with Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) to launch a new Pearl River/Southeast Asia/Suez Canal express service. The service will launch in mid-May—and Halifax will be the first inbound North American port to welcome it.
The new service will deploy nine 5,500-TEU post-Panamax vessels. Seven will be from the CKYH Alliance and two will be from MOL.
As part of a regular rotation, vessels will depart from Ho Chi Minh and stop at Shekou, Hong Kong, Yantian and Singapore before calling at Halifax. From there, they will travel to New York, Norfolk, Jacksonville, Savannah, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh.
The CKYH Alliance started serving Halifax in May 2009 with a fleet of eight Panamax vessels travelling to and from Asia via the Panama Canal.
“K” Line officials said the network modification in the new service will enhance port coverage and transit times from Asia to Canada.
“This new service, along with the port’s existing Asia services, will enhance Canada’s trading position, providing fast and secure logistics through an Atlantic Canadian gateway port,” said Karen Oldfield, president and chief executive officer of the Halifax Port Authority.
The service is expected to commence in Shekou on May 15.