Rickmers-Linie and Japan’s Eastern Car Liner (ECL) are to provide a joint eastbound marine service from Asia to the US Gulf and East Coast.

Under the agreement, Rickmers will use ECL’s four 11,000dwt vessels with heavy lift gear, capable of lifting loads of up to 120t.

The new service will start with the departure of the Fortune Epoch 514, sailing from Japan early this month.

The Fortune Epoch has been operating a joint US to Asia service with ECL since 2006.