Port of Charleston lands new Asia container service, including first direct call to Vietnam

Evergreen is part of a new shipping service announced by the Port of Charleston today. (File)

The Port of Charleston has landed a new weekly container service with calls in Asia and North Africa.

It marks the third new local option this year for businesses that ship goods, particularly exporters.

The New World Alliance consortium of ocean carriers, including Evergreen, will launch in June.

It is the first time Charleston will have a direct call in Vietnam.

The South China/Vietnam-US Southeast service — or SVS — will move cargo through the Suez Canal on 10 ships that can carry the equivalent of between 4,600 and 5,600 20-foot-long containers.

The service originates in Cai Mep, Vietnam, and includes calls in Hong Kong and Yantian in China, Singapore and Tangier, Morocco.

“Significantly, Charleston is the last port outbound on the service, which highlights the port’s prominence in handling the region’s and the nation’s export demand,” the State Ports Authority said today.