Ocean carriers MOL and Evergreen Line said Thursday they will start a new weekly service next month linking major Asian ports and ports in the U.S. Southeast via the Suez Canal.
MOL calls this the South China/Vietnam – the U.S. South East Coast or "SVS" service, while Evergreen designates it the Asia-U.S. East Coast Service 3 or "AUE3."
Ten ships of 4,500 to 5,600 TEUs each will be deployed in the joint service, with MOL providing nine ships and Evergreen one. APL, Hyundai, and Hanjin will take slots on the service.
The first sailing, with the ship MOL Partner
will depart Hong Kong on June 3.
Ships in the new string will have a 70 rotation of Hong Kong, Yantian, Singapore, Suez Canal, Algeciras, Norfolk, Savannah, Jacksonville, Charleston, Algeciras, Suez Canal, Singapore, Cai Mep, and Hong Kong.
MOL said the new service allows it to offer direct connections from Vietnam/South China/Singapore to the U.S. East Coast, including Jacksonville, with competitive transit times and reliable on-time performance. It said it will be particularly beneficial for U.S.-to-Asia export customers in the Southeast United States who want to target emerging markets in Asia with direct Singapore, Vietnam and China calls. The first export call of Singapore also allows for transshipment.
On Wednesday, it was also announced that MOL will no longer supply two ships to the CKYH Alliance's transSuez AWE-4 service between Asia and the U.S. East Coast. - Chris Dupin