Lykes Lines expands Pacific services

Lykes Lines expands Pacific services

Lykes Lines is again expanding its services between Asia and North America with the addition of two more weekly, fixed day services.

The line is also upgrading its existing services from Southeast Asia and cutting transit times from China to the U.S. and Canada.

In addition, the line is launching its first service between Asia and Australia, commencing July 7.

As part of the expansion, Lykes Lines is renaming the three trans-Pacific services:

-- Pacific Sprint Loop One (formerly Pacific Sprint)

-- Pacific Sprint Loop Two (formerly Asia North America Sprint)

-- Pacific Sprint Loop Three (formerly Asia Canada Sprint).

The two new trans-Pacific services, which will be offered via a slot swap arrangement on existing services and are still subject to regulatory approval, will be named Pacific Sprint Loops Four and Five. These services are expected to commence in July.

Pacific Sprint Loop Four will call Yantian, Xiamen, Kaohsiung, Los Angeles, Oakland, Tacoma, Yokohama, Kobe, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, and Yantian.

Pacific Sprint Loop Five will call Hong Kong, Nagoya, Yokohama, Oakland, Los Angeles, Kwangyang, Shanghai, Ningbo, and Hong Kong.

From mid-July, Lykes Lines plans to upgrade its Pacific Sprint Loop Two service from Southeast Asia, offering a fixed-day weekly service calling Singapore, Pasir Gudang (Malaysia), Laem Chabang (Thailand), Shanghai, Pusan, Vancouver, and Shanghai.

At the same time, Pacific Sprint Loop Three will also be upgraded to include calls in South China, including Xiamen. The transit time between Xiamen and Vancouver is 14 days.

In a statement, Tony Bruno, senior vice president, said, "Our services will now provide better transit times between the ports which our customers have identified as best suited to their needs. For example, the transit from Hong Kong to Oakland will be only 13 days and from Shanghai to Vancouver just 12 days.

"By extending our Pacific Sprint Loop 2 service, we will for the first time offer fixed-day, weekly services, through co-operation with PIL, from Southeast Asia."

Lykes Lines said the changes "will not have a material effect on capacity" on the trans-Pacific.

The new Lykes Lines Asia-Australia service will be operated every two weeks on a fixed-day basis, with the Lykes Crusader and Lykes Master, both with capacity of 1700 TEUs and cruising speeds of 23 knots each.