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Cosco claims Yokohama to Chicago possible in 13 days via Prince Rupert

Shanghai: COSCO Container Lines is trumpeting its new service via British Columbia's brand new Fairview Terminal in Price Rupert that it reckons will shave four days off transit times from Yokohama to Chicago to just 13 days, thanks to the shorter ocean crossing and the dedicated CN rail options in Canada. The new terminal opens next month with COSCO the first client.

The new terminal is eagerly anticipated as many older facilities up and down the North American west coast approach full capacity.

COSCO and Hanjin Shipping currently operate a cross-loop PNW service using nine 5,500 teu containerships. Prince Rupert will be added to the port-call list in October and be visited in the northbound leg. The service will rotate: Hong Kong, Yantian, Yokohama, Prince Rupert, Vancouver, Seattle, Yokohama, Shanghai, Pusan, Seattle Portland, Vancouver, Kwangyang, Hong Kong. The service is scheduled to begin with the COSCO Antwerp leaving Hong Kong on Oct. 19. Vessels will make stops in Yokohama every Tuesday, departing on Wednesday, and enter Prince Rupert every Wednesday.

Service points in the U.S. include Chicago, Detroit, Memphis and Arcadia. Cargo can also be delivered by truck to Indianapolis via Chicago, to Columbus via Detroit, and to Nashville via Memphis. Fairview Terminal, the container terminal currently under construction at Prince Rupert, will be operated by New Jersey-based terminal operator giant Maher Terminals.

CN will be able to move intermodal trains from Prince Rupert to Toronto in 108 hours, to Chicago in 107 hours and to Memphis, Tennesse in 135 hours.

Meanwhile, the federal government has decided to amalgamate the three Candian ports of Vancouver, Fraser River and Prince Rupert. The three ports will come under one port authority within six months.  [06/09/07]

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