U.S. Lines brand resurfaces
CMA CGM in May will launch two new services under its U.S. Lines brand, offering fast transit times between Singapore and Busan, among other Asian ports, to the Pacific Northwest and U.S. East Coast.
The move is a bit of a surprise in that it was thought that the U.S. Lines name was going to be phased out by CMA CGM, but ComPair Data researcher Stephen Wynn unearthed the looming services Friday. CMA CGM acquired U.S. Lines in 2007.
One of the services, which will be marketed by both U.S. Lines and CMA CGM as their Columbus loop, is a U.S. East Coast/Asia-U.S. West Coast pendulum service with an express Suez leg between Singapore and New York. Transit time to New York from Singapore will be 21 days, while it will be 25 days from Yantian and 28 days from Shanghai. On the transpacific leg, transit time to Seattle will be nine days from Busan, 11 from Shanghai and 14 from Yantian. The 'long-line' Columbus service also features fast export transpacific transit times — 14 days to Yokohama and 17 days to Shanghai from Seattle and 23 days to Singapore and 27 days to Hong Kong from Norfolk.
The second new joint service with Maersk Line, dubbed the Hudson service by the French group lines, is an all-water transpacific service to the U.S. East Coast with fast transit times between Busan and Shanghai and Savannah and New York. Transit time to Savannah would be 21 days from Busan and 25 days from Shanghai. To New York, the times would be 24 days from Busan and 28 days from Shanghai.
Maersk, which is already collaborating with CMA CGM on six other loops in the transpacific, transatlantic and Asia/Europe trades, will call the transpacific leg on their new joint Columbus service its TP-9, and the Hudson all-water loop will be called its TP-3.
Full details of the services are availablehere. ' Eric Johnson