Tricon-Services, the combination of DSR Lines, Senator Linie GmbH and Cho Yang Shipping Co., is putting the final elements in place for its new round- the-world service.
The new shipping group finally has decided on terminal operators for its ship calls on both the East and West coasts of the United States.Both DSR, short for Deutfracht Seereederei Rostock GmbH, and Senator Linie are German companies, based in the cities of Rostock and Bremen, respectively. Cho Yang is based in Seoul, South Korea.
"This puts the finishing touches on Tricontinental Services as far as the U.S. operation is concerned," said Juergen Traub, president of Senator's U.S. operations.
On the West Coast, the shipping group has decided to use Sea-Land Service Inc.'s terminal facilities in the Port of Oakland and the Port of Long Beach.
Tricon also is discussing the use of Sea-Land facilities in Kaohsiung, Yokohama and Hong Kong.
On the East Coast, the shipping group has chosen Cooper/T. Smith Stevedoring Inc. to handle its loading and unloading operations in the Port of Hampton Roads, Va., and the Port of Savannah, Ga. After a slight shuffling of calls between Chester, Pa., and New York, that puts the group's East Coast schedule into place.
Global Terminals and Container Services, Jersey City, N.J., was named the New York stevedore for Tricon last week after a fierce competition between area terminal operators.
The decision for Tricon to use Long Beach and Oakland was a natural one - Senator Liniealready had calls at both ports. Tricon, like Senator, will use the Sea-Land terminal in Long Beach.
The first Cho Yang vessel to call on the West Coast will be the Cho Yang Chance scheduled to arrive in Oakland Feb. 17.
Tricon's use of the Sea-Land facility in Oakland is a switch from the previous Senator operation, which used a public terminal at the port. Port officials were happy about the switch because they think it signals an upcoming increase in business.
''Between the increase in frequency and the larger ships, it will effectively double their capacity through the port," said William Stevens, director of maritime for the port.
The move is also a boon for Sea-Land, which recently added 15 acres and an third berth to its Oakland facility in the hopes of luring added ship line business to its terminal operation.
''This is the first initial quest for third party business that we've had (in Oakland) in a few years," said James McKenna, port manager for Sea- Land. He said Tricon and Sea-Land were discussing similar arrangements at ports in the Far East.
The port calls at Hampton Roads and Savannah, Ga., represent entirely new calls for Tricon. Previously, Senator called at Chester, Pa., Wilmington, N.C., and Fernandina Beach, Fla. Tricon will not call at Chester or Wilmington and will only call at Fernandina Beach every second week in the eastbound service.
Tricon, officially called Tricontinental Services, was put together last year by the three lines.
Tricon's round-the-world service plan is basically an upgrade of Senator's existing service. The new round-the-world schedule will be weekly, instead of every 10 days.