The Massachusetts Port Authority is pleased to advise of some service changes at Conley Container
First, beginning in May, COSCO, Yang Ming, and Hanjin will begin a new weekly South Asia / Southeast
Asia service to Boston, called AWE-5. This service, using 5,500 TEU ships, will call Kaohsiung; Taiwan;
Hong Kong; Yantian, China; Vung Tau, Vietnam; and Singapore. It will sail to the US East Coast via the
Suez Canal, calling New York, Norfolk, and Boston, and return via the Suez to Singapore, then Kaohsiung.
We expect the first ship to arrive at the end of May or early June.
Westbound transit times to Boston are as follows:
Kaohsiung: 35 days
Hong Kong: 32 days
Yantian: 31 days
Vung Tau: 29 days
Singapore: 26 days
Eastbound transit times from Boston are as follows:
Singapore: 25 days
Kaohsiung: 29 days
Hong Kong: 32 days
Yantian: 33 days
Vung Tau: 35 days
Boston has been allocated 1,300 TEU on the inbound and outbound legs of the service. We think this
service will generate a great amount of interest from New England importers and exporters, offering
destinations not previously directly accessible from Boston.
Secondly, the AWE-2 weekly service currently calling North China will change its port rotation by adding
Norfolk to the northbound schedule. This will change the day AWE-2 calls Boston from Thursday/Friday
In addition to this good news, we are also working with American Feeder Lines of New York, who is quite
far down the road in starting a weekly service between Halifax and Boston. The anticipated start date is
May or June. Andrew Haines has been appointed Vice-President, Line Management. Atlantic Maritime
Agencies has been appointed as agent and AFL has opened a Boston office at the Fish Pier. This is
something all of us have wanted to see for a long time, and will provide new business opportunities for
the shipping and trucking communities in Boston and New England. See http://www.american-feeder-
lines.com/en/media/index.html for more information on American Feeder Lines.
Carriers choose Boston because of the strong market, and because of the investment Massport has
made in its people, facilities, and equipment. Carriers also look at the loyalty and hard work of importers
and exporters, forwarders, brokers, NVOs, truckers, ILA labor productivity, and the countless other
elements that make up a vibrant port. All of us can be proud of what we have accomplished together in
generating cargo for our direct carriers: MSC, COSCO, K Line, Yang Ming, and Hanjin. And as we add
more services, other carriers will experience the unique qualities that make Boston a great port.
Keep up the great work! If our past performance is any indication, we look forward to a rapid filling of
the Boston allocation, and creating a demand for even more space.
With kindest regards,
Nicholas C. Billows
Deputy Port Director--Sales and Marketing
Office: (617) 946-4428
Cell: (617) 438-8422