Friday, May 11, 2012

New Asian to US East Coast Freight Route from Major Container Shipping Groups

MOL and Evergreen Cooperate on Vietnam - China - Singapore Service
Shipping News Feature

VIETNAM – CHINA – US – Two of the world’s largest container shipping groups are to introduce to transport cargo from major Asian ports to key destinations on the U.S. East coast, via the Suez Canal. The ‘SVS’ service will run between South China and Vietnam to US East Coast ports from the beginning of June. Mitsui OSK Line (MOL) is the lead company with nine vessels to Evergreen Line’s one, each with capacities between 4,500 and 5,600 TEU.

MOL (America) Inc. tells us that the new offering is as a result of market demand for improved transit and on time performance and the service will enable them to achieve both aims enables by offering direct connections from Vietnam/South China/Singapore to the U.S. East Coast, including Jacksonville whilst SVS will be the only Asia to U.S. East Coast service with Norfolk as the first call as well as offering calls to Savannah and Charleston.

For many years now the trade has always consisted principally of imported goods for the US market but MOL feel that the new SVS is particularly beneficial for U.S. to Asia export customers in the southeast U.S. who want to target emerging markets in Asia with direct Singapore, Vietnam and China calls. The first export call of Singapore allows for easy transhipment to other MOL services, including direct connections to all the key ports in Asia.

Services will commence from Hong Kong aboard the MOL Partner sailing on the 2nd June 2012 with an ongoing port rotation as follows:

Hong Kong (Sat/Sun) – Yantian (Mon/Tue) – Singapore (Fri/Fri) – (Suez Canal) – Algeciras (Sun/Sun) – Norfolk (Mon/Tue) – Savannah (Wed/Thu) – Jacksonville (Thu/Fri) – Charleston (Sat/Sat) –Algeciras (Tue/Tue) – (Suez Canal) – Singapore (Sun/Mon) – Cai Mep (Wed/Thu) – Hong Kong (Sat/Sun) Photo:

The MOL Partner under way and at speed courtesy of MOL.