Several intra-Asia carriers have added connections between the Chinese port of Nansha and Southeast Asia, as the Chinese port positions itself as a cold chain logistics hub in southern China.
Nansha is a sub-port of Guangzhou, China’s fourth busiest port, TS Lines will adjust its services that connect Japan, Taiwan, South China and Northern Vietnam.
The carrier’s JTK2 service, using the chartered 1,043TEU ship, A Fuku, will drop the western Chinese port of Qinzhou in favour of Nansha, but will maintain its current turnaround time of three weeks.
From 28 February, the JTK2 loop will be Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, Keelung, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Haiphong, Nansha, Chiwan, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.
A call to Nansha will also be added to TS Lines’ JTK3 service, on which CNC Line will purchase slots. The service loop, effective 23 February, will be Osaka, Kobe, Moji, Busan, Gwangyang, Keelung, Taichung, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Nansha, Xiamen, Keelung and Osaka. A chartered ship, the 1,049TEU Marcliff, will be deployed.
This comes after TS Lines and CNC Line launched the NCX3 service in January, carrying cargoes to Ningbo, Shanghai, Shekou, Nansha, Ho Chi Minh, Shekou, Hong Kong and Ningbo.
On 3 March, TS Lines will also launch the Nansha-Shekou-Port Klang (NSP) service connecting South China with Malaysia. This service will link the three southern Chinese gateway ports, Nansha, Shekou and Hong Kong with Malaysia’s Port Klang, using two chartered ships, the 1,118TEU Vega Kappa and 1,043TEU Siri Bhum.
On 29 January, SITC began its South China-Vietnam (SCV) service, with the chartered 706TEU ship Run Long departing from Nansha International Container Terminal. The service was the third liner route launched from Nansha this year.
Asean Seas Line, an independent liner operator owned by logistics executives Kan Jen-yung, Xu Yan and Chinese container shipping veteran Yang Xiangdong, launched a BVX2 service in January, calling at Nansha, Shekou, Hong Kong, Hai Phong and Nansha. The company does not own any vessels and uses only chartered ships.
source : Container News