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CU Lines adds more Asia-Europe sailings

China United Lines’ (CU Lines) foray into Europe appears to have been a success with more voyages scheduled.

The company’s first Asia – Europe service left China on February 8, using the 2,700 teu Laila, in a service created with XSTAFF, a Düsseldorf-based international purchasing network.

Extraordinary demand, couple with sky high freight rates, meant CU Lines was able to deploy such a small ship profitably on a trade lane that has become accustomed to 18,000 teu ships as the normal method to transport containerised goods in recent years.

Since February CU Lines, previously an intra-Asia specialist, has sent a second chartered ship – the 4,395 teu Ren Jian 17, on another Europe service – it left China last month and arrives at Antwerp later this week.

The fast-growing, agile CU Lines has now chartered in the 4,395 teu Ren Jian 25 and the 2,034 teu Aisopos II for further sailings to Europe, according to Alphaliner.

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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