The first ship in Horizon Lines’ new China-to-U.S. service departed Shanghai for Los Angeles.
The 2,824-TEU Horizon Hawk is one of five ships the carrier will operate in its weekly Five Star Express, an international service that will operate on the eastbound leg of the carrier’s domestic Jones Act service from the West Coast to Guam. Horizon previously chartered its eastbound capacity to Maersk Line.
The Horizon Hawk called Ningbo, China, on Dec. 13 and Shanghai on Dec. 15, and is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Dec. 26 before continuing to Oakland and returning to Guam and China.
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The new service advertises an 11-day transit from Shanghai to Los Angeles, with Monday morning cargo availability each week. With the fast transits from China, Horizon is targeting higher-value cargo to the United States. Horizon said the expanded service will improve its existing service to Guam to supply an expanding military presence there.
This is the first venture into the international market for Horizon, the largest U.S. domestic carrier. Horizon’s predecessor company, Sea-Land Service, once was the largest container ship line. Sea-Land’s international operations were acquired by A.P. Moller-Maersk in 1999.
In connection with the new service, Horizon has launched intermodal service to inland U.S. cities, with 15-day availability in Kansas City from Shanghai and 16-day availability in Dallas, using scheduled intermodal rail service from Los Angeles every week. Express service also will be offered to Chicago, Memphis, Atlanta and Charlotte using on-dock rail connections to avoid drayage fees on the West Coast.
With the start of the new service, Brian Taylor has been appointed chief commercial officer, responsible for all of the company’s sales and pricing. Operations in China are handled by Hon Wing Lam as owner's representative and Ben Line Agencies as general agent in Shanghai and Ningbo.
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