PACIFIC International Lines (PIL) has shelved its China Transpacific Australasia (CTP) service connecting Manila, Keelung, Ningbo, Shanghai, Long Beach, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Tauranga, Brisbane, Manila.
The triangular China-USWC-ANZ-China service was operated using 10 ships of 1,500-1,700 TEU on a weekly frequency.
The service was introduced in April 2010 as a direct China-US west coast service and its port rotation was expanded to include Australia on the westbound leg in May 2011.
The call at Manila was added in June 2013, making the CTP the first full container service to connect the Philippines directly to the US since 2001, said Alphaliner.
The CTP's final eastbound sailing from Asia set sail on June 19 from Shanghai with the 1,550-TEU Kota Wangsa.
PIL continues to offer transpacific connections to the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex through its existing slots on the CALCO-C/CAL service operated by "K" Line and Wan Hai (branded TP2 by PIL), on "K" Line's CALCO-B service (branded TP3 by PIL), and on CSCL's AAC service (also branded AAC by PIL).
The US-ANZ southbound leg will continue to be ensured through slots on the southbound leg of the PSW-ANZ Oceania joint service operated by Hapag-Lloyd, Hamburg Sud and ANL.
PIL will take a weekly average of 425 TEU slots from Oakland and Los Angeles to Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney and Tauranga on this service.
Nine of the 10 ships deployed on the CTP are either owned or long-term chartered by PIL and are expected to be redeployed on other PIL-related services.
Source : SN-TR.