Closely Watched Ship
Taicang Dragon inaugurates TCC’s no-frills transpacific service
Norwegian carrier The Containership Company (TCC) launched its new port-to-port service with the first of the start-up’s five vessels arriving May 2 at the Port of Los Angeles laden with cargo from Taicang in China.
Fireboats shot streams of water to herald the inaugural call at LA, reports the Daily Breeze. After two years of recession, the port hopes the Taicang Dragon signals dockside job growth. Indeed, the maritime sector will be watching how the TCC service fares for signs of where market demand is headed.
For its part, TCC acknowledges the market for its services may not be very strong yet, but it sees profit potential in its business model of providing only port-to-port service, with no transshipments or feeder vessels. Its initial offering of direct service to the industrial port of Taicang saves customers the cost of hauling goods from the surrounding Jiangsu province factories 40 miles or more to the international hub at Shanghai.
Fittingly, the first cargo included an Optimist boat … as well as sleeping bags, office furniture, and desktop computers. We know this because the details of the goods shipped, as well as the shippers, consignees, and other bill-of-lading particulars, can be readily accessed in The Datamyne database, the largest and most up-to-date resource of its kind. To learn more about how The Datamyne can help you track the newest — or any other — player in the maritime sector, contact us.
Date posted: May 25, 2010