[photopress:tianjin_port.jpg,full,alignright]A new route between north China’s port city of Tianjin and the US east coast has been launched by the grandly named Grand Alliance, one of the world’s shipping giants.
The Grand Alliance — Hapag-Lloyd Container Line (HLCL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) and Malaysia International Shipping (MISC) — will operate eight container vessels on the new line.
The new service will cover the ports of Dalian, Qingdao, Ningbo and Shanghai in China, Pusan in the Republic of Korea and New York.
The Grand Alliance has previously launched two other ocean routes between Tianjin and the US west coast, and between Tianjin and Europe. Yu Rumin, president of the Tianjin Port Group said this new venture is the first shipping route connecting the US east coast with the port of Tianjin.
China plans to make Tianjin Port in north China an international shipping center.
The world’s top 20 shipping lines have all opened services at Tianjin Port, which has now more than 100 container shipping lines and trade links with more than 400 ports in some 180 countries and regions.
Tianjin Port handled nearly 3.36 million TEUs of containers in the first six months, up 21% year-on-year.