CHARLESTON, SC – May 2, 2012 – The CKYHalliance of ocean carries has picked the Port ofCharleston for a new, weekly container service withcoverage across Northeast Asia.
The AWE-6 is a new service offering forthe carrier group, which includes COSCO, K-Line, YangMing and Hanjin. Charleston is the lastU.S. port call on the service, providing South Carolinaexporters additional options to reach markets in Asia,which have demonstrated increasing demand for productsfrom the U.S. Southeast.
Exporters from this area are findingadditional trade opportunities in Asia, and we have beenheavily marketing the Port of Charleston for moreshipping services in that trade lane, said Jim Newsome,president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority,which owns and operates the Port of Charleston. Ourstate not only has goods that are attractive to overseasmarkets, but we are also ideally positioned to serve abroad import base across several states in the region.
Shippers will be able to take advantageof direct trade routes to Yantian, Ningbo and Shanghaiin China as well as Pusan, South Korea via the PanamaCanal.
The carriers will deploy nine ships forthe service, which will add 52 ship calls a year atNorth Charleston Terminal. The first Charleston call isexpected around June 19.
About the SouthCarolina Ports Authority
The South Carolina Ports Authority,established by the state’s General Assembly in 1942,owns and operates public seaport facilities inCharleston and Georgetown, handling internationalcommerce valued at more than $58 billion annually whilereceiving no direct taxpayer subsidy. An economicdevelopment engine for the state, port operationsfacilitate 260,800 jobs across South Carolina and nearly$45 billion in economic activity each year. Formore information, visit http://www.scspa.com.