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Hapag-Lloyd makes first-ever call at Prince Rupert in Canada

[ May 4, 2018   //   ]

Hapag-Lloyd, the market leader in Canada, is expanding its local network. On April 21, the
“YM Masculinity” called at a new destination, the Port of Prince Rupert, for the first time.
The ship, which operates on the ‘PS8’ service of THE Alliance, was sailing from Asia to
North America offering leading transit times and new options for customers.

“With the decision to incorporate Prince Rupert into our network, we strengthen and further
expand our position in Canada,” explained Uffe Ostergaard, President of Hapag-Lloyd
America. “Prince Rupert is the closest major North American port to Asia with direct access
to CN’s Class 1 continental rail network. In this way, we can offer our customers additional
options for their transports. We expect that the port call will develop well and offer our
customers a genuine alternative.”

There has been a strong interest from the market for the first eastbound sailing including
many containers with furniture, machine parts and computers. In Prince Rupert, it will
mainly be loaded with forest products and agricultural goods for different Asian markets.
The port offers short transit times to other destinations in Canada and USA. For example,
transports take only three days to Calgary and only five days to Montreal. In 2017, Prince
Rupert increased its handling volume by 26 percent over 2016 volumes