Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New China-Long Beach Box Service to Initially Skip Japan

The new trans-Pacific box service operated by COSCON Container Lines Co., Ltd., Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd, Pacific International Lines and Wan Hai Lines, will initially bypass Japan when it kicks off on Tuesday, April 5.

The CLX (Central China-Long Beach Express) service, which calls at three Chinese ports before heading to the Port of Long Beach, will skip the Port of Yokohama in central Japan until mid-May, according to a statement by Hanjin. The first CLX service vessel is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Long Beach on April 20.

The CLX service, first announced on March 31, will utilize five containerships that range between 3,600 TEU and 3,850 TEU capacity.

The service rotation is: Fuzhou – Ningbo – Shanghai – (Yokohama) – Long Beach – Fuzhou. Yokohama calls will start in the middle of May.

The March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami which hit northern Japan on March 11 heavily damaged transportation infrastructure, shuttered factories, and led to a shortage of electrical power supply. The situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which Japanese officials said may take months to bring under control, has also raised concerns.