TAIWAN-based shipper Evergreen Line has launched a new service schedule connecting Taiwan and South Korea with the Philippines, citing increased demand for the route.
The service, which was launched on November 23, connects Manila South Port and Batangas with the ports of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and Incheon and Gwangyang, South Korea.
The new service made its first call in the Philippines at Batangas with the arrival of the M/V Cape Faro on November 29. Two ships, the Cape Faro and M/V Sima Sapphire, have been designated for the route.
According to the current timetable, Evergreen will call at Batangas every five days, with a stop at Manila South Port a day later.
An Evergreen spokesman explained that increased demand for freight carriage between South Korea and the Philippines was one significant factor in the line’s decision to launch the new service.
Evergreen currently has one other route serving Philippine ports, which connects Manila South Port, Batangas, Kaohsiung, Shekou, China, and Tawau and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia.
Evergreen Lines is a group of five shipping lines, Evergreen Marine Corp. (Taiwan) Ltd., Italia Marittima S.p.A., Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd., Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) Ltd., and Evergreen Marine (Singapore) Pte Ltd. It is currently the fourth-largest container shipping fleet in the world with more than 190 ships and a total capacity of 850,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), according to the company’s website.