COSCO completes deployment of 7,500-TEU transpacific ships
COSCO Container Lines will have all five new 7,455-TEU ships in operation on its weekly transpacific “SEA” service by the end of December.
COSCO has been gradually replacing ships of 5,250 TEUs on the “SEA” service with the larger 7,455-TEU ships delivered by Korea’s Hyundai shipyard.
The Chinese state-owned carrier is one of several carriers moving to 8,000-TEU-type boxships in the transpacific.
The “COSCO Vancouver”, the fourth ship delivered, made its maiden call to the United States when it arrived at Long Beach Nov. 26. The fifth and final ship, “COSCO Yokohama,” will join the service when it departs from Ningbo Dec 30. It is scheduled to arrive at Long Beach Jan. 14.
The “SEA” service has a port rotation of Ningbo, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Yantian, Long Beach and back to Ningbo.
Hanjin Shipping takes space from COSCO on the “SEA” service.