“K” Line, Hanjin Shipping, Yang Ming Line and COSCO Container Line, members of the CKYH Alliance, in cooperation with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) will launch a Pearl River – Southeast Asia – Suez Canal express service in mid May with the Port of Halifax as the first inbound North American Port.
The CKYH Alliance commenced service with the Port of Halifax from Asia, via the Panama Canal, with eight Panamax vessels during May of 2009.
The new service will deploy nine x 5500 TEU Post–Panamax Class Vessels in a vessel sharing cooperation with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL).
Officials from “K” Line commented that this service network modification will enhance port coverage and transit times from Asia into Canada via Halifax and North America and continue to offer quality service to its customers.
“This service announcement is of significant importance to Canada’s commercial supply chain with Asia. 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, Halifax Port Authority. “We appreciate the support of the CKYH partners for again selecting the Port of Halifax and we welcome MOL’s return to the Port of Halifax”.
Details of the service are as follows:-
5500 TEU vessels x nine (7 vessels operated by “K” Line, 2 vessels by MOL)
Ho Chi Minh – Cai Mep (Tue/Wed) – Shekou (Fri/Sat) – Hong Kong (Sat/Sun) - Yantian (Sun/Mon) - Singapore (Thu/Thu) – Halifax (Tue/Wed) – New York (Thu/Fri) – Norfolk (Fri/Sat) – Jacksonville (Sun/Mon) – Savannah (Mon/Tue) - Singapore (Sun/Mon) – Ho Chi Minh – Cap Mep (Tue)
Suez Canal Bridge, ETD Shekou May 15, 2010
For further information contact:
Halifax Port Authority