NYK has announced the launch of the Trans Pacific Express Service (TPX Service), a car transport service linking Mexico, North america and East Asia. The carrier Viking Drive departed Acapulco, Mexico on the service's inaugural voyage on January 28, transporting cars that had been loaded in Mexico and North America. It arrived in Yokohama on February 19 to begin the East Asia offload.
This service is the first nonstop car transport service from the west coast of Mexico to the west coast of North America, and the west coasts of both Mexico and North America to China. NYK will attempt to accommodate demand for the export of finished cars from Mexico, in addition to car logistics for China, where demand for imports is growing.
NYK confirmed that two vessels - the Viking Drive and the Aphrodite Leader - would be used on the service, which is expetced to make up to two sailings per month, carrying around 6,500 units per vessel.