By Matt Tomsic
Published Feb. 27, 2013
The Port of Charleston has added a new weekly service to Asia, the S.C. State Ports Authority announced today.
French ocean carrier CMA CGM has deployed 11 vessels between 4,400 and 5,100 20-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, as part of its Pacific Express 3 service, which begins calling on Charleston in mid-April. The first ship to arrive in the port will be the CMA CGM Florida, a 5,095-TEU ship.
The service will add 52 ship calls each year, and Charleston will be the last U.S. port in the service’s westbound route, according to CMA CGM. From Charleston, ships will head to Vostochny, Russia, and Hong Kong. From Hong Kong, the service goes to the Chinese ports of Chiwan, Ningbo and Shanghai, plus Korea.
“The addition of the (Pacific Express 3) further shows Charleston’s growth in the Asia trade lane,” said John Wheeler, vice president of carrier sales for the ports authority in a news release. “Many of the Port of Charleston's users ship high-value cargo year-round with little seasonality, and export loads are plentiful. Both of these points are very attractive to carriers when selecting a port.”