|A NEW loop connecting Japan, South China and Haiphong is to be launched by Hong Kong’s TS Lines on March 18, branded JTV 2, that will encompass the Japan-Haiphong coverage currently ensured with the JTK service.|
|The JTK service will then focus on the Japan-Taiwan-South China trade with a port rotation of Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Yokkaichi, Osaka, Kobe, Keelung, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Shenzhen-Shekou and back to Tokyo.The JTK service so far turned in two weeks, using two vessels of 1,049 TEU and 928 TEU.The JTV 2 will connect Tokyo, Kawasaki, Yokohama, Keelung, Hong Kong, Shenzhen-Shekou, Hong Kong, Haiphong, Ho Chi Minh City, Shenzhen-Shekou and back to Tokyo. It will turn in three weeks, using three ships of 1,000 TEU, reported Alphaliner.|
With growing demand and difficulty in gaining shipbuilding capacity,T.S. Lines has placed an order with CSBC for two ships with capacities of 1,800 TEUs to capitalize on its position as a niche carrier in the profitable and fast-growing intra-Asia trade.