Sea Lead launches new service linking East Asia to US East Coast
Sea Lead Shipping will commence a new service, connecting East Asia ports with ports on the East Coast of the United States.
The new Asia East Coast (AEC) weekly service will commence on 7 March with the first vessel departing from the port of Nansha in China.
The AEC service is the company’s first regular service to the east coast of the United States and will be served by four container ships with an average capacity of 6,100 TEUs.
With the aim of deploying a fortnightly rotation in the near future, Singapore-headquartered Sea Lead said it is looking at possible vessel-sharing arrangements with partners to further improve the frequency of the service.
The port rotation for the AEC will be as follows: Nansha – Ningbo – Qingdao – Pusan – Norfolk – Newark – Charleston – Jacksonville – Nansha
“Port congestion has been a challenge for everyone recently and the AEC will allow us to service ports that are more efficient for our customers. We are confident that the market and our partners will respond well to the service, and we look forward to developing strong partnerships on this trade lane,” commented Cho Kit Wei, managing director of Sea Lead.