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Enhanced Asian Service for Halifax

Thu April 22, 2010

“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:-

Vessels Deployed:
5500 TEU vessels x nine (7 vessels operated by “K” Line, 2 vessels by MOL)

Port Rotation:
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)

Commencing voyage:
Suez Canal Bridge, ETD Shekou May 15, 2010

For further information contact:
Michele Peveril
Halifax Port Authority

(902)426-1060

Media Inquiries

Members of the media with inquiries about the Halifax Gateway can contact:

Nancy Phillips
Executive Director

(902) 490-6003