The Port of Virginia is gaining a last-out port call as a result of the decision by the CKYH alliance to upgrade its all-water services that between Asia and the U.S. East Coast.
The CKYH alliance among Cosco, “K” Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin Shipping will make Norfolk the last East Coast port call on the AWE-2 service.
Port executives seek last-out port calls because it helps attract more volume through their terminals. “The change provides an excellent opportunity to capture time-sensitive export cargo, giving Mid-Atlantic and Midwest-based exporters competitive transit times to North Asia,” said Jerry A. Bridges, executive director of the Virginia Port Authority.
At the end of April, the AWE-2 service will deploy nine ships with capacities of 4,500 20-foot-equivalent units on the following port rotation: Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yokohama, New York, Boston, Norfolk and back to Qingdao.