An eye on Kaohsiung
The popularity of the port of Kaohsiung, the largest gateway in Taiwan, is growing with many a shipping line today. APL and Zim, amongst others, are adding calls to existing services there. APL has also extended its lease for a terminal in the hub.
Singapore’s American President Line (APL) and Taiwan’s Cheng Lie Navigation, both of which are subsidiaries of France’s CMA CGM Group, have launched a new service – the Korea China Straits service (KCS). It will link ports in China, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, and sail every week. The option will connect Nansha, in southern China, to the Strait of Malacca, Port Klang (Malaysia), Indonesia and the port of Lianyungang, located in the northeastern Chinese province of Jiangsu.
The KCS link will see five panamax vessels deployed in a vessel-sharing agreement between the two partners. The KCS service is set to begin on 18 November, with a sailing from Dalian towards Xingang, Lianyungang, Kwangyang, Pusan, Shanghai, Nansha, Singapore,Port Klang, Jakarta, Surabaya and Manila, from where it will return to Dalian.
In other news, APL has come to an agreement with the Taiwan International Ports Corporation to renew its terminal lease in the Taiwanese port of Kaohsiung. The deal enables APL to operate the terminal for another ten years, from the beginning of 2018 to the end of 2027.
The facility not only handles the line’s own ships, but also those of other carriers, such as CMA CGM. The annual capacity of its two 640 m berths, which offer a draught of 15.2 m, comes to approximately 1.5 million teu. Ships with capacities of up to 14,000 teu can be handled in the facility, which covers a compound of approximately 101 ha and also has a container railway station, slots to accommodate approximately 21,000 containers, maintenance and repair workshops, two warehouses as well as two petrol stations.
New services for an attractive port
Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s largest port, is popular with other players in the global maritime industry too. In November Zim is set to add a new call at Kaohsiung to its Seven Stars Express service (Z7S), which connects Asia and the USA. Besides a direct link between Kaohsiung and Wilmington NC (USA) the Z7S also offers fast transit times from Wilmington and Savannah GA (USA), as well as direct access to New York’s Maher terminal.
The first vessel to call at Kaohsiung in the new rotation will be the Zim Ontario on 3 November. The service deploys eleven 5,000 teu vessels, operated by Zim and calling at Kaohsiung, Da Chan Bay, Yantian, Cai Mep, Port Klang, Colombo, New York, Norfolk, Wilmington, Savannah and Port Klang before again returning to Kaohsiung.
Kaohsiung handled a total of 10.8 million teu in 2016, which corresponds to a 1.9% rise in comparison with the previous year’s figure. The port is currently also upgrading its equipment, in order to make it capable of handling ships with 22,000 teu capacities.