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Hanjin to start direct US-Vietnam service
16 June 2009
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The South Korean line will start a service connecting Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam with the US west coast via Japan.

Hanjin is deploying six, 4,000 teu capacity vessels on the service, which will become the third to link Vietnam with the US west coast, following the launch of direct calls by APL and MOL earlier this month.

Hanjin said the new service would target southeast Asian and Vietnamese markets, which continued to show growth despite the global economic crisis. Vietnam is forecast to show positive export growth this year.

The rush of new services connecting Vietnam with the US has been facilitated by the country’s first deepwater container terminals in Cai Mep, close to Ho Chi Minh City, which opened this month.

Hanjin will join MOL calling at Saigon New Port’s new terminal in Cai Mep. APL calls at PSA International’s terminal.

Earlier this month, Hanjin launched a service from Haiphong in northern Vietnam connecting to Shanghai and Pusan.
 

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Maersk Line to launch direct service to U.S. West Coast
1 April 2010
The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC - Maersk Line will soon commence a first direct service connecting southern Vietnam and the West Coast of the United States as part of the global container shipping company’s Trans-Pacific 6 route, or TP6.

Maersk Line said that the Mathilde Maersk vessel would make first sailing from SP-PSA International Port, a deepwater seaport in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, on Wednesday, May 12, 2010.

“The TP6 is the first direct service connecting South Vietnam and the U.S. West Coast. Other destinations remain serving via feeders as currently,?Maersk Line confirmed with the Daily in an emailed interview yesterday.

Maersk Line will provide a Monday evening cargo closing for exporters, and depart its vessels from the port near the mouth of Cai Mep-Thi Vai River on Wednesdays. The cargo will arrive at the APM Terminals in Los Angeles on Sundays, with a transit time of 18 days.

With the direct TP6 call, Maersk Line will become the first carrier to introduce the large “Post-Panamax class vessels of 9,000 TEUs to Vietnam. Maersk Line Vietnam’s General Director Peter Smidt-Nielsen said that this new service enabled the company to meet customers?demand for a direct call to the U.S. West Coast.

“We have worked hard to make it feasible to call at Vung Tau with the largest vessels ever to call a Vietnamese port and thereby meet this demand,?Smidt-Nielsen said in a statement. “We are thrilled to introduce such a competitive and reliable product to this exciting and growing market.? According to Vietnam’s General Statistics Office, the volume of cargo transported by sea in the first quarter of this year registered 11.1 million tons, up 16% year-on-year.

Bill Woodhour, North America sales manager for Maersk Line, said in the statement that the company’s U.S. customers had requested the direct call and now was the right time to include a direct service from Vietnam in its network.

“This call will compliment our other Trans-Pacific products, giving our customers comprehensive coverage with unmatched service reliability,?Woodhour said.

Maersk Line said the TP6 service offered a competitive product covering the Far East and U.S. west coast. With a deployment of 14 vessels, ports of call eastbound will include Tanjung Pelepas of Malaysia; Ba Ria-Vung Tau of Vietnam; Yantian and Hong Kong of China and Los Angeles in California.

The westbound port rotation will be Los Angeles; Yokohama and Nagoya of Japan; Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Hong Kong and Yantian of China, and Tanjung Pelepas.

Imports into southern Vietnam are serviced via transshipment in Hong Kong by feeder service. Meanwhile, the cargo shipments toward the northern and central Vietnam will continue to be served by feeder via Hong Kong and/or Tanjung Pelepas.

“We have wide coverage covering most of main ports around the world for all trade lanes, connecting from/to Vietnam by feeders,?Maersk Line Vietnam said.

Maersk Line Vietnam said major export commodities from Vietnam to the U.S. were garments, furniture, footwear, coffee and seafood while the import commodities were agricultural products, refrigerated products, wood, vehicles and metalware.

Over the past years, shipping companies have launched more direct service connections between Vietnam and the U.S. to capitalize on growing demand for cargo transport between the two countries. Last year, “K?Line vessels started a direct container freight service between SP-PSA International Port and the East Coast of the U.S.
 
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