Global Container Terminals (GCT) USA has welcomed the first HMM vessel, the Hyundai Hope, after a three-year hiatus of services to the US East Coast.
The 13,154 teu vessel also marked the first larger vessel call of THE Alliance’s EC2 service to GCT Bayonne.
The service will now call weekly at GCT Bayonne with vessel sizes of 13,000+ teu, meaning GCT Bayonne now accommodates three vessel calls per week of vessels over 13,000 and 14,000 teu.
Jay Y. Lee, chairman and CEO of HMM (America) Inc., said: “HMM is proud to return to vessel calls on the US East Coast after a three-year absence.
“While HMM has continued to support business on the US East Coast, we were not operating our vessels until now. This changes with the arrival of the Hyundai Hope at GCT Bayonne.”
HMM, formerly Hyundai Merchant Marine, officially joined THE Alliance on April 1, 2020, as its fourth member.
Lee added: “As part of HMM joining THE Alliance, HMM remains committed to evolving and expanding alongside our customers as partners. We are excited to grow and look forward to new opportunities.
“HMM has been a longstanding customer at GCT Canada, and with HMM officially joining THE Alliance, the relationship grows.”
GCT Bayonne is able to serve larger sized vessels on an efficient terminal footprint of only 200 acres, being one of the most technologically advanced in the New York and New Jersey harbour.
This is a result of the terminal’s labour and management team, semi-automated cranes, increased velocity with a truck appointment system and on-dock intermodal rail facilities at Express Rail Port Jersey.
John Atkins, president of GCT USA, said: “We are pleased to receive the upsized EC2 service and increase to three ultra large container vessel (UCLV) calls per week.
“GCT will continue to offer customers more seamless access to the robust consumer market surrounding GCT Bayonne as well as unparalleled inland connections through our on-dock rail facilities.