China United Lines

Services

CMA CGM/CUL/ESL/GFS/KMTC/RCL expands Vietnam/Thailand-India-ME Gulf service

6 carriers are teaming up to expand their current Vietnam/Thailand-India-Middle East Gulf service into an extended butterfly service that will offer 2 separate loops connecting the following ports: * Loop 1 : Laem Chabang, Singapore, Port Klang, Nhava Sheva, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Nhava Sheva, Port Klang, Cai Mep * Loop 2 : Cai Mep, Jakarta, Port Klang, Mundra, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Mundra, Port Klang, Laem Chabang 6 carriers (CMA CGM, China United Lines (CUL), Emirates Shipping Line (ESL),

Services

CUL adds Red Sea Service (REX)

China United Lines have introduced a new Red Sea Service (REX) to connect China and Jeddah amidst the on-going Red Sea crisis that has seen a reduction in the number of ships able to serve the Red Sea region. The REX service calls at Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Jeddah, Qingdao with a single 2,786 teu ship (CUL MANILA) deployed since 28 December 2023. The service turns in around 30 to 35 days on a monthly frequency.

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CUL reaffirms focus on Intra-Asia business

China United Lines (CUL) Chairman and CEO Raymond Chen Honghui has appeared in public for the first time since June at an internal meeting on 8 August 2023 in Shanghai. However, former co-CEO Lar Christiansen has left the post earlier this year, less than 18 months after he was appointed on 18 November 2021. The company confirmed the suspension of its European and North American services in 2023, and have shifted its focus on its China-Taiwan, South East Asia and Indian Subcontinent/Middle East

Services

PIL/CUL/ESL/KMTC/RCL/Wan Hai upgrade Middle East Gulf-China Service

The Middle East Gulf-China service that is jointly operated by a consortium of 6 carriers (PIL/CUL/ESL/KMTC/RCL/Wan Hai) will be upgraded from 9 January 2023 with new calls at Hamad and Singapore (westbound). The revised rotation will call at Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Shekou, Singapore, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Hamad, Singapore, Shanghai. The service was first launched in November 2021 and is branded respectively as the Gulf China Service (GCS) by PIL and KMTC, Asia Gulf Express (AGX) by CUL, Gulf Ch

Services

CU Lines add China Thailand Service (BC1) service

CU Lines has joined RCL's Bangkok-Vietnam-China (RBC) service as a ship provider, with the deployment of 1 ship on the service. CUL brands the service as the China Thailand Service (BC1), which will be updated with a new call at Wenzhou starting from 10 January 2023. The revised RBC/BC1 will call at Bangkok, Laem Chabang, Ho Chi Minh City, Ningbo, Shanghai, Laem Chabang, Bangkok, turning in 3 weeks with 2 ships from RCL (the 1,498 teu JITRA BHUM and ITHA BHUM) and 1 ship from CUL (the 1,930 teu

Services

CUL downgrades Transpacific service with smaller ships

China United Lines (CUL) will continue to operate the Transpacific Express II/South China-West US (TPC) service connecting Nansha, Yantian, Los Angeles, Nansha following the termination of the charter arrangement for the 12 panamax ships from Antong. The 4,130 teu REN JIAN 19 is expected to make the last trip for CUL using Antong’s ships, departing from Nansha on 14 December 2022. CUL will deploy smaller ships on the service from 20 December, starting with the freshly chartered 1,708 teu SUNRIS

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CUL pays $67m penalty for early termination of Antong cooperation agreement

China United Lines (CUL) has reached a settlement with Antong Holdings for the early termination of its Long Term Cooperation Agreement on 8 December 2022, subject to the approval of Antong shareholders. CUL had given notice to Antong on 28 November 2022 for the termination of the agreement that involves the charter of 12 panamax ships of 4,132 teu to 4,713 teu from Antong for $52,000 per day and the lease of Antong containers for operations on the Asia-Europe and Transpacific routes under a p

Service cancellations

CU Lines/TS Lines to withdraw Asia-Europe service

CU Lines and TS Lines will end their jointly Asia-Europe Express (AEX) service with the last sailing scheduled to depart from Ningbo on 10 December 2022. The 7 ships currently deployed on the service will be redeployed, comprising of 6 ships of 4,100-4,400 teu from CU Lines and 1 4,380 teu ship from TS Lines. 2 of the CU Lines ships have been idle at China since the end of November. The AEX calls at Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Shekou, Southampton, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, Ningbo on a fortnigh

Companies

CUL seeks to terminate 12 panamax containership charters from Antong

China United Lines (CUL) has served notice on 28 November 2022 for the early termination of its Long Term Cooperation Agreement with Antong Holdings that involves the charter of 12 panamax ships of 4,132 teu to 4,713 teu to CU Lines for $52,000 per day and the lease of Antong containers by CU Lines for operations on the Asia-Europe and Transpacific routes under a profit sharing arrangement. The agreement was effective from 1 June 2022 and was supposed to expire in 34 months or on 1 April 2025.

Services

COSCO/CUL adds China Philippines Express (CPX) service

COSCO and China United Lines (CUL) have launched a new joint service branded as the China Philippines Express (CPX). The service calls at Shanghai, Xiamen, Manila, Subic Bay, Shanghai starting from 21 Sep 2022 using the 1,432 teu JIN YUN HE and the 1,713 teu AS SERENA. The new service replaces the  China-Vietnam Express (CV5/CVX) service that was jointly operated by COSCO and CUL calling at Shanghai, Xiamen, Ho Chi Minh City, Shanghai.

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