MSC Enhances its Transpacific U.S. East Coast & Gulf Network


MSC Enhances its Transpacific U.S. East Coast & Gulf Network


MSC is updating its Transpacific to U.S. East Coast and Gulf network to ensure we fulfil your needs at a time when Panama Canal draft restrictions are reducing capacity.

As part of the enhancement, we have decided with our partners*, to split our existing Gulf service into two services, as detailed below.  One covering central China and Korea, and the other covering south China and Korea.

Our existing Lone Star Express service will offer an improved transit time between central China, Korea into Houston and Mobile, as well as adding a new call in Miami, offering a faster transit into the main Florida port.

Our new Pelican service will offer a faster transit from south China and Korea into Houston and Mobile. The service will furthermore provide a direct service into Tampa.

Lone Star Express: Ningbo – Shanghai – Busan – Panama Canal – Houston – Mobile – Miami – Freeport – Panama Canal – Rodman – Busan


Pelican: Xiamen – Yantian – Busan – Panama Canal – Houston – Mobile – Tampa – Manzanillo – Panama Canal – Balboa – Busan


The Miami call on our Emerald service shall be removed as a result of the added Miami call on the Lone Star Express service.

Full details of transit times and departure days will be communicated in due course to help you plan your future shipments accordingly.

Should you have any queries, please contact your local MSC office.


*subject to competent authorities’ final approval when required