Horizon Lines to Take Delivery of 12,500 New Containers

  


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26 Oct 2010

horizon_lines_logo.jpgHorizon Lines, Inc., the nation's leading domestic ocean shipping and integrated logistics company, announced it will add approximately 12,500 new containers to its international and domestic shipping


network to support existing customers and the carrier's new Asia liner service launching in December.

"We continue to make great progress with our new China service," said
Brian Taylor, Senior Vice President of International Services at
Horizon Lines. "Market receptivity to our new service remains very
strong and as of today, we are now over 45% subscribed on the first
sailing."

Beginning on December 13, 2010, Horizon Lines will launch a weekly
liner service, named the Five Star Express, with port calls at Shanghai
and Ningbo in Central China; and Los Angeles and Oakland in California.
Using five 2,824 TEU capacity Hunter Class vessels, Horizon Lines will
offer some of the fastest transit times in the transpacific trade,
including 11-day port-to-port transit from Shanghai to Los Angeles,
with Monday morning cargo availability every week at the nation's
busiest import gateway.

Horizon Lines completed its first live test of the service last month
with the Eastbound voyage of the Horizon Enterprise, as it stopped in
Shanghai on its return from a dry-dock in Asia. Customer support was
very strong and all operations were handled by Horizon Lines' new
Owner's Representative and General Agent in China with great success.
In August, Horizon Lines announced Mr. Hon Wing Lam as its Owner's
Representative and Ben Line Agencies as its General Agent to support
the company's ongoing sales and operations in Shanghai and Ningbo.

Horizon Lines' Asia Service Background

Five of Horizon Lines' vessels currently call ports in China under its
space charter agreement with Maersk Line. Once that 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 transpacific 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 to create an integrated
import/export solution.

"We continue to believe that we are entering the market at an opportune
time," Mr. Taylor said. "U.S. importers are diversifying their ocean
shipping contracts to adjust to ongoing capacity fluctuations in the
transpacific. We have engaged with our customers to capitalize on these
opportunities and are finding success as a niche player recognized for
schedule integrity and customer service."



Source: Horizon Lines Inc.


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