"K" Line has commenced its fourth all-water service to the U.S. East Coast as part of the CKYTH alliance.
The AWE4 service, first reported in The Journal of Commerce Online in October, is provided by "K" Line with partners Cosco, Yang Ming and Hanjin Shipping.
The first vessel in the weekly service, the Akashi Bridge, recently called on the Port of Savannah, Ga.'s Garden City Terminal. The service is expected to provide annual throughput of 40,000 TEUs at Savannah, according to the Georgia Port Authority.
"K-Line listens to our customers and Savannah is an important destination for most of the major retailers," said Ray McDermott, vice president of K-Line Atlantic and Gulf, in a prepared statement.
The AWE4 service string is comprised of eight K-Line vessels with weekly, fixed day calls at New York, Norfolk and Savannah on the U.S. East Coast, and Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, and Hong Kong.
McDermott said the additional service will 300,000 TEUs to the carrier's East Coast.
Savannah services 12 major distribution centers with more than 9 million square feet of warehousing and moved more than 1.6 million TEUs in 2004.