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Cosco becomes first carrier to deploy a megamax on a regular transpacific loop

The 19,273 teu Cosco Shipping Aquarius has shifted from Asia – Middle East routes to become the first megamax on a dedicated transpacific loop. The giant ship has joined the Ocean Alliance’s PSW6 service, according to Alphaliner.

While California has welcomed megamaxes in the past, these were deployed on pendulum services connecting Europe, Asia and America.

The PSW6 service calls at Kaohsiung, Cai Map, Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian and Long Beach and until now has been serviced by ships in the 13,000 to 14,500 teu range.

The ship is scheduled to reach Long Beach later this month where it will likely weigh anchor in a record queue off the port.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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