Norfolk – The Port of Virginia has gained a "last-out" port call as a result of the CKYH shipping alliance's decision to upgrade its all-water services that operate between Asia and the US East Coast.
Virginia, for years, has been a regular stop for vessels from the CKYH alliance, which is composed Cosco, "K" Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin Shipping. Under the new rotation Virginia will be the "last-out" call on the AWE-2 service.
"The change provides an excellent opportunity to capture time-sensitive export cargo, giving Mid-Atlantic and Midwest-based exporters competitive transit times to North Asia," said Jerry A. Bridges, executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. "This decision by CKYH and a move earlier this year by another ocean carrier to make Virginia a last-out call shows that these carriers have confidence in Virginia. Our deep water, terminals, rail connections and customer service all drive these kinds of decisions."
At the end of April, the port rotation on the AWE-2 service will be as follows: .
AWE-2: Consists of nine 4,500-TEU ships that will call Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yokohama, New York, Boston, Norfolk and back to Qingdao.