US Lines (USL) has announced the introduction of a direct weekly call at Oakland on its Australia/New Zealand service effective mid-April with the sailing of the USL Kea, V.636, departing Oakland April 24.

‘Our customers in both the Northbound & Southbound trades have been requesting USL to expand our scope of coverage beyond the Port of Los Angeles, and we have responded to them by adding an Oakland call,’ said Ed Aldridge, USL’s President & CEO.

Vessels will sail Oakland Southbound every Tuesday, proceeding to Los Angeles for a Friday Southbound departure to Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, & Brisbane. The one day later departure from Los Angeles on Friday will be well received by exporters seeking later cutoffs. Transit times throughout the network will remain the same.

When USL launched its ANZL service in July of 2006 the schedule was designed with adequate buffer time available to absorb unexpected delays to ensure consistent on-time performance. Now that the schedule has proven its reliability, and USL has established a wide base of satisfied customers, the carrier believes the time is right to add a direct vessel call in Oakland.

‘Oakland was the natural next step for USL’s expansion. Additionally, we are presently evaluating other opportunities to broaden our scope, while simultaneously delivering the most consistent on-time performance in the Australia/New Zealand trade,’ continued Aldridge.

USL is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Lines Holdings Limited. With North American operations centered in Santa Ana, California, USL provides liner and logistics services in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and North America.