March 2, 2008
Container giants launch joint China-U.S. West Coast services
CMA CGM, Maersk, and MSC the world's three largest container shipping companies, are reorganizing their services between China and the U.S. West Coast with the launch of two joint services in April 2008: the YANG TSE, serving Central and South China, and the BOHAI RIM, serving Central and North China.
The new services will deploy ten 8,000 TEU vessels (five on each loop) creating a weekly direct service between China and the United States.
The rotation will be:
The new initiative allows three lines to rationalize existing services into what they say is a "more powerful customer responsive service offering." The two services will provide customers with extensive port coverage in China with twice per week direct calls between China (Hong Kong, Yantian and Shanghai) and California ports.
"The development of the two new services comes as a replacement of existing capacity in the trade. This rationalization of our service will strengthen our China coverage and responds nicely to customer needs for increased presence in North China" explains Jean-Philippe Thenoz, CMA CGM Vice President North America Lines.