Halifax hails enhanced Asian service
Karen Oldfield, President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority, has hailed the announcement of an enhanced Asian service by "K" Line and Mitsui-OSK Line making Halifax the first inbound North American port.
"This service announcement is of significant importance to Canada's commercial supply chain with Asia," Ms. Oldfield said on April 13.
Together with the Nova Scotia deepwater port's existing Asia services, the new service will strengthen Canada's trading position in providing "fast and secure logistics through an Atlantic Gateway Port," Ms. Oldfield stated. "We appreciate the support of the CKYH partners for again selecting the Port of Halifax and we welcome MOL's return to the Port of Halifax."
K Line, Hanjin Shipping, Yang Ming Line and Cosco, members of the CKYH Alliance, in cooperation with MOL, will launch a Pearl River-Southeast Asia - Suez Canal express service in mid-May.
The CKYH Alliance commenced a round-the-world routing with sailings outbound of eight Panamax vessels from Asia transiting the Panama Canal with direct calls at Halifax in May 2009. The ships return via the Suez Canal.
The new service will deploy nine 5,500-TEU ships in a vessel-sharing agreement with MOL.
Port rotation: Ho Chi Minh, Cai Mep, Shekou, Hong Kong, Yantian, Singapore, Halifax, New York, Norfolk, Jacksonville, Savannah, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh, Cap Mep.
Commencing voyage will be the Suez Canal Bridge, with estimated time of departure from Shekou on May 15.