China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) is converting its Asia/America 1 service to a shuttle link by dropping Pusan, Hakata, Seattle and Vancouver. This will offer shippers an improved transit time for cargo moving between mainland China, Taiwan and the US west coast over Los Angeles. It will shave several days off its transpacific schedule, offering a 13-day transit between Yantian and Los Angeles. The new port coverage will be Shanghai, Yantian, Hong Kong, Keelung, Los Angeles and back to Shanghai.
In line with this change, CSCL is to introduce an eastbound and westbound call at Xiamen on its new Asia/America Central service, which will succeed the old-style Asia/America South 2 service that was suspended last month. The new service now omits Hong Kong and will make direct port calls at Yantian, Xiamen, Shanghai, Ningbo, Qingdao, Hakata, Pusan, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Yantian.
Meanwhile, CSCL is shortly to take delivery of its second new 4,000 teu vessel being built at Hudong shipyard in Shanghai, which will be deployed on the Asia/America Central service. Its latest delivery, Xin Nanjing, will leave Yantian in early November.