On August 24 the terminal, which is 65% owned by Modern Terminals Ltd of Hong Kong, welcomed the maiden call of the T.S. Lines’ CMX China–Manila service. This new service will help to open up markets in Asia, allowing the terminal to take advantage of fast-growing foreign trade with the Pearl River Delta region. The CMX service will call at Da Chan Bay every Saturday in its express rotation via Manila (S) – Manila (N) – Da Chan Bay Terminal One.
Another new arrival is MOL’s Pacific Southwest Express (PSX) service, which made its first call at Da Chan Bay on September 6, establishing it as a port of call for service from North America. The PSX service will make weekly calls, deploying five vessels with an average capacity of 5,600 teu. Its port rotation is Xiamen – Da Chan Bay – Hong Kong – Yantian – Oakland – Los Angeles – Oakland – Tokyo.
This will be MOL’s second service to call at Da Chan Bay, following its Africa service launched in June 2008. Andrew Milliken, CEO of Da Chan Bay Terminal One, said, “MOL is one of the three largest shipping lines in Japan with more than 100 years’ history. The terminal’s successful cooperation with MOL is evidence to the market that Da Chan Bay Terminal One is ready to provide full service to customers.”