OOCL opens transatlantic service
OOCL'S has launched its new transatlantic service in tandem with the Sea-Land Service Inc., P&O Containers, Nedlloyd Lines and Maersk Line.
Through a series of vessel sharing agreements, OOCL provides an enhanced service between Europe and the US east and gulf coasts with faster transit times and better intermodal connections.
A total of three service loops are offered; two operated by OOCL and the VSAO, and one by Maersk Line.
The VSAO-loops have 10 vessels deployed, serving Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Le Havre, Boston, New York City, Charleston, Norfolk and return on the North Atlantic route).
On the east and west routes they service Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Felixstowe, Charleston, Port Everglades, Houston, Jacksonville, Charleston, Halifax, New York City, Norfolk, Miami, Baltimore and Le Havre.
OOCL operates two of the 10 vessels on the VSAO, the OOCL Inspiration and OOCL Innovation, both with 4,354 TEU capacity.
Including OOCL's two Canadian Gateway express services, the line now has five North Atlantic services.
In addition, the faster transit times offered help shippers improve their inventory management with the shorter delivery cycles.
''Achieving this level of service is a direct result of our belief in strategic partnerships with other carriers who share similar goals toward quality service,'' said OOCL spokesman Stanley Shen.
OOCL has been a pioneer in containerised shipping since the early 1960s.
It was the first Asian line to offer fully containerised services and today has more than 30 vessels deployed on 21 routes providing a worldwide transportation service.