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CUL makes exit from transpacific trade

China United Lines (CUL) will suspend its Transpacific Express II/South China-West US (TPC) service connecting Nansha, Yantian, Los Angeles, Nansha from June 2023 The TPC service is currently operated with 5 ships of 1,700-2,500 teu, and is currently the smallest service on the transpacific trade. It follows the earlier departure of micro carriers from the transpacific trade including CIMC, Jinjiang Shipping, BAL, TS Lines, Transfar, SeaLead and Pasha. The only remaining micro carrier on the Fa

Services

ASL, CUL & PIL launch South China Vietnam Philippines service

ASEAN Seas Line (ASL), China United Lines (CUL) and Pacific International Lines (PIL) have teamed up to launch a new jointly operated Intra-Asia service calling at Shekou, Nansha, Xiamen, Manila North, Subic Bay, Xiamen, Shekou, Nansha, Ho Chi Minh City, Shekou. The new service is branded respectively by ASL, CUL and PIL as the South China Vietnam Philippines service (SVP), South China Philippines Service (SP1) and China Philippines Vietnam (CPV). It turns in 3 weeks using 3 ships of 1,000-1,2

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

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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

CU Lines commits to new TPC transpacific service

CU Lines has committed to continue  operating the Transpacific Express II (TPC) service through 2023 with a new cooperation with Trapac in the port of Los Angeles that will ensure a more reliable schedule to the US West Coast. From October 2022, the revised TPC will call at Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Yantian, Los Angeles, Qingdao with the additional calls at Qingdao and Shanghai that are shifted from the TPX service that was suspended in September. The service will deploy 7 ships, com

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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