At the beginning of September, K-Line will modify the rotation of its Transpacific ‘Calco C’ service which links Hong Kong, China and Japan to the US West Coast gateways of Long Beach and Oakland.
In Japan, the Tokyo call is to be replaced by a stop at Yokohama, whilst the Nagoya call will be maintained. This is a minor change, as Yokohama is one of the many ports that line the Tokyo Bay and the site of the call will actually only move a mere ten kilometres south from its present terminal.
In the Pearl River Delta coverage, a second Yantian call is to be slotted in before the Hong Kong visit, which is now sandwiched by dedicated import and export calls at Yantian. Futhermore, the ‘Calco C’ will begin calling at two terminals in Hongkong, instead of the present one.
With the additional new calls, the duration of the service’s round trip will be stretched from 42 days to 49 days. In order to maintain weekly sailings on the extended loop, the 2010-built 4,432 teu BROOKLYN BRIDGE will phase in as a seventh vessel. At least for a limited period, the ‘Calco C’ loop will then deploy all seven units of K-Line’s Hyundai-built B-Bridge type of baby-overpanamax ships.
The revised rotation of the service reads: Hong Kong, Yantian, Xiamen, Long Beach, Oakland, Yokohama, Nagoya, Yantian, Hong Kong.
Yang Ming, Coscon and PIL presently slot on the service.