Hong Kong-registered T.S. Lines in November will start offering trans-Pacific service by participating in the China-America West Coast Express service of Hainan PO Shipping.
Hainan PO in August launched the service from Ningbo and Shanghai to Long Beach. Hong Kong and Yantian were added in September.
T.S. Lines, which is registered in Hong Kong and operated from Taiwan, will join the service in November with its 2,742-TEU vessel Cape Mondego. Five vessels ranging in capacity from 2,700 to 3,500 TEUs are deployed in the China-West Coast Express service.
By The Numbers: U.S. Container Trade With Mainland China.
Hainan PO and T.S. Lines plan to launch a second trans-Pacific service in April 2011 in the South China and Taiwan to U.S. West Coast trade. The China-West Coast Express service will focus on Central and North China.
The two carriers have been cooperating on a China-Australia service since June. T.S. Lines has a fleet of 39 vessels that it has been operating primarily in the intra-Asia, Indian subcontinent and Middle East trade lanes.
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