Columbus Line has announced today that, effective with the May 6th Hong Kong sailing of the MV Adrian, it is implementing a series of enhancements to its service linking the West Coasts of the Americas with key ports in the Far East.
The changes include a shift to a single rotation of vessels calling a range of West Coast ports from Chile to Vancouver, BC, and fixed-day weekly service versus the present 10-day rotation at key ports.
Columbus Line, a specialist in North/South trade and long active in Inter-American marine transport and intermodal logistics, first offered a modest Far East capacity to its customers last December as part of a two-sling service. With the announced changes, the containership Columbus Mexico will join the Columbus Pacific as part of an 11-vessel fleet with an average 1,700 TEU nominal ship capacity.
The single-string rotation will call Hong Kong, Yantian, Shanghai, Pusan, Vancouver, Long Beach, Manzanillo, Salina Cruz, Puerto Quetzal, Puerto Caldera, Buenaventura, Callao, Iquique, San Antonio, Lirquen, Callao, Buenaventura, Puerto Caldera, Puerto Quetzal, Manzanillo, Long Beach, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Hong .
According to Columbus shippers can expect several benefits as a result of the service changes, including: direct delivery of cargoes at Puerto Quetzal and Puerto Caldera and from those ports and Buenaventura direct to West Coast North American ports; and weekly service both eastbound and westbound between the Far East and Vancouver and Long Beach with intermodal connections to the US and Canada.