At the beginning of August, the Hong Kong-based carrier TS Lines will suspend its standalone ‘JKH’ service between Japan, Taiwan, China and Vietnam.
The service is presently maintained with three ships of about 1,050 teu. All three vessels, the LANTAU BEACH, LANTAU BAY and STADT LAUENBURG, are on charter to TS Lines and are expected to be redelivered to their owners.
From the Japan – Taiwan perspective, TS Lines continues to operate four services. One of these loop, ‘JTK’, will see a notable increase in capacity at the beginning of August, as its two-ship-fleet will be upgraded from two 1,000+ teu vessels to larger ships. TS Lines will bring in the 1,679 teu ST MARY and the 1,560 teu LEO AUTHORITY. This capacity upgrade in part compensates for the closure of the ‘JKH’.
In addition to Japan-related loops on which TS Lines has an operator status, the carrier also continues its slot participation on Cheng Lie’s ‘JTX’.