The State Ports Authority announced Thursday afternoon that the New World Alliance consortium has selected Charleston for a new trans-Atlantic container shipping service that will include twice-weekly calls at Wando Welch Terminal.

The Americas Europe Express service will begin in March, and will add 104 yearly port calls.

The service includes five ships that will serve a route connecting the eastern U.S. with northern Europe and South America. The ports of call are Charleston; New York; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Bremerhaven, Germany; Felixstowe, England; and the transshipment hub of Manzanillo, Panama.

“Double calls in Charleston will enable the New World Alliance’s network of customers ample coverage across the U.S. Southeast and beyond,” said Paul McClintock, senior vice president and chief commercial officer for the South Carolina Ports Authority. “This also provides the region’s exporters additional reach to markets in Latin America and Europe where there is demand.”

The first ship on the service to call in Charleston is expected to be the Shanghai, sailing from Rotterdam on Feb. 29.