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CULines enters the transpacific trades

This year’s fastest growing container line in geographic terms, China United Lines (CULines), is set to take its bow on the transpacific later this month.

CULines, best known as an intra-China and intra-Asia player, entered the Asia-Europe trade earlier this year, and has recently taken slots from Cosco to launch a service from China to Brazil.

Starting July 18, CULines will deploy five ships ranging in size from 1,700 to 4,400 teu on its new Trans-Pacific Express service (TPX) which will go direct from Shanghai to Los Angeles.

To begin with, CU Lines will provide two or three voyages per month, before making TPX a weekly service from September.

CULines has ordered six new ships at Chinese yards this year to go alongside its existing 19 vessels.

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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