The New World Alliance (TNWA) carriers – APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) – announced two new direct shuttle services linking , and on the US West Coast.
Beginning in mid-May, the current PS3 service will be divided into two services.
For Central China, where the market is experiencing significant growth, TNWA will offer the PS3, a direct service between , and . This enhancement will provide one of the fastest transit times in the industry; 11-day direct service from to .
TNWA will also launch a new “the Japan-America Shuttle (JAS)”, which will enable TNWA to offer customers more port coverage in Japan than currently offered by other transpacific services and will also ensure a more reliable service that focuses solely on the Japan market.
The JAS will provide additional stops in and along the ’s Trans-Pacific network. Exclusive focus on Japanese ports will eliminate many of the operational risks inherent with more comprehensive services.
Both the PS3 and the JAS service will be launched in mid-May, beginning with four 2,800-3,000 TEU vessels on a weekly service with a 28-day rotation, subject to regulatory filings and approvals as necessary.