Lykes Lines is launching a weekly service between Asia and the Mediterranean from early March.
The company says the service will offer competitive transit times, including just 18 days from Singapore to Barcelona, and only 19 days from Genoa to Port Kelang – both the fastest available on the trade.
Lykes Lines runs its own offices in the Mediterranean and in North/South Asia and recently appointed agents in south east Asia when it extended its trans-Pacific services there.
“So we have all the resources to offer an excellent service,” says Tony Bruno, vice president commercial.
Lykes Lines is already established in the Mediterranean and in the last month the line has upgraded its service between the U.S. Gulf and the Mediterranean to weekly.
The entry into this new trade lane marks the first time Lykes Lines has offered a container service that does not include the U.S.
The first westbound sailing of the weekly, fixed day service will be the Ville de Capella from Pusan on March 7, with the first eastbound sailing, the Ville de Sagitta from Naples, on the same day.
Port rotation is: Barcelona, Fos, Genoa, Naples, Port Kelang, Singapore, Yantian, Hong Kong, Keelung, Pusan (WB only), Keelung, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Jakarta, Singapore, Port Kelang Barcelona.
Lykes Lines is offering the service through a slot charter agreement with CMA-CGM in the deployment of 12 ships, ranging from 2954 to 3961 TEU, nominal capacity.
Lykes Lines has its own offices in Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan and has agents in Bangkok, Jakarta, Malaysia and Singapore.