Service details of new trans-Pacific carrier emerge




SM Line plans to deploy five ships acquired from Hanjin Shipping with capacities of 6,500 twenty-foot-equivalent units on a service connecting China and South Korea to the Port of Long Beach in April.

That will provide an in-house network for the newest trans-Pacific entrant’s sister companies and inject new capacity as the next wave of shipping alliances launches. Executives from the Samra Midas Group, a South Korean-based manufacturing, construction and services conglomerate, told US Federal Maritime Commissioner William Doyle last week that the service will call on Shanghai and Ningbo, China, and Busan South Korea.

SM Line also plans to deploy 11 vessels ranging from 1,000 TEUs to 2,500 TEUs on eight intra-Asia services between China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, and other countries, Doyle told attendees of a National Retail Federation event in New York on Monday.