Horizon Lines to Launch U.S.Inland Express Network for Five Star Express Trans-Pacific Liner Service


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16 Nov 2010

horizon_lines123.jpgHorizon Lines, Inc., the leading U.S. domestic ocean shipping and integrated logistics company, announced it will launch express intermodal container service to key inland U.S. cities when it begins the new Five Star Express (FSX) trans-Pacific liner service in December. The announcement was made today during a press conference here for China news media.

The maiden FSX voyage is scheduled to depart Ningbo, China, on December
14, 2010, Shanghai on December 15, and arrive in Los Angeles on December
26.  Approximately 60% of the initial voyage is already subscribed, as
the company continues to make steady progress toward its goal of 75%
bookings for the first sailing.

"As other carriers reduce service
locations and slow service speeds, U.S. shippers continue to tell us
they want fast and reliable service alternatives not only port-to-port,
but inland to final destinations as well," Brian Taylor, Senior Vice
President of International Services at Horizon Lines, said in a
presentation to journalists. "At a time when U.S. retailers are
maintaining lower inventory levels and placing more logistics
responsibilities on their manufacturing partners here in China, our Five
Star Express service offers a fast and reliable transit schedule to
keep supply chains running smoothly."

Horizon Lines plans to offer
some of the fastest inland transit times in the industry, including
15-day availability in Kansas City from Shanghai and 16-day availability
in Dallas, using scheduled intermodal rail service from Los Angeles
every week. The carrier also will offer express inland service to
Chicago, Memphis, Atlanta and Charlotte using on-dock rail connections
to avoid drayage fees on the West Coast, saving customers time and
expense. Horizon Lines plans to expand the inland express network to
other locations throughout the United States next year.

Horizon Lines
is able to offer a cost-effective inland service because of operational
synergies with the carrier's domestic U.S. shipping network serving
export customers to Puerto Rico, Alaska, Hawaii and Guam. Delivering
imports inland to these markets will provide a more stable supply of
containers in locations where many shippers struggle to find available
container capacity. Horizon Lines maintains strong relationships and
direct electronic data interchange  integration with the nation's
railroad operators, facilitating the delivery of quality service.

do not operate in a one-size-fits-all supply chain," Taylor said. "Our
niche focus to provide reliable scheduling, fast transits and quality
customer service offers a compelling alternative in the market at the
right time."

Horizon Lines' Asia Service Background

Five of
Horizon Lines' vessels currently call ports in China under its
transportation services agreement with Maersk Line, and this
trans-Pacific service has been in place since December 1999. Once this
agreement expires on December 10, 2010, Horizon Lines will begin
transporting general cargo from Ningbo and Shanghai on behalf of direct
commercial customers. Sales and marketing efforts for the service have
been formally underway since March.

In addition to offering customers
a trans-Pacific import alternative, the new Five Star Express service
will allow Horizon Lines to better accommodate an expanding military
presence in Guam, where trade is expected to grow significantly in
coming years. The Five Star Express service will connect with Horizon
Lines' warehousing and distribution capabilities on the U.S. West Coast
and intermodal rail service to inland destinations to create an
integrated import/export solution.

Source: Horizon Lines

Sources:  www.Shipid.com

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