TMM set for service upgrade in Pacific

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 March, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 March, 1996, 12:00am

Transportation Maritima Mexican (TMM), the largest fully-integrated transportation provider in Mexico, has announced plans to improve its trans-Pacific service to the United States, Mexico and Central America.

The company said the new service, 'FES', would start in mid-April and follow a rotation of Hong Kong-Kaohsiung-Kobe-Yokohama-LAX/LGB-Manzanillo-LAX/LGB-Yokohama-Kobe-Hong Kong.

With six vessels, averaging 22.5 knots and with a capacity over 3,000 teu, transit times would be cut by two to six days, it said.

Julio Maza, TMM's Asia director, said: 'Through this significant investment, TMM has answered the demands of our customers and we are well-positioned for the future growth of these trades.' Cargo operations would improve in all locations, offering customers later cargo cut-off times and greater flexibility, he said.

TMM would use Hong Kong International Terminal as its base for the South China and Southeast Asian markets, he said.

Additional changes included terminal movements to berth C-5 in Kobe pier D-4 in Yokohama.

Mazanillo port in Mexico, operated by TMM, would continue to be the company's centre of operations, providing connections to TMM's weekly Central America service and fortnightly West Coast South America service, the company said.