Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Container Shipping Alliance Changes Tack

G6 Announces Variations to Service Schedules
Shipping News Feature

ASIA – US – The members of the container shipping network, the G6 Alliance has announced a temporary suspension of the Central China (CC2) service between Asia and the US West Coast until further notice, as a response to seasonal changes in market demand. The last sailing for CC2 will be OOCL Italy departing from Shanghai on October 31. All ports called by CC2 will be covered by other G6 Alliance services.

The G6 Alliance, made up of APL, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, MOL, NYK and OOCL, will continue to offer a variety of services between Asia and the US West Coast covering all major port pairs with weekly sailings. The market environment will be closely monitored for the resumption of the CC2 (Ningbo – Shanghai – San Pedro) service accordingly.

Earlier this month, the Alliance also announced changes to its Asia-US East Coast winter programme, which will see the combination of the NYE and SCE services, to provide the following port rotation:

Xiamen (China) – Kaohsiung (Taiwan) – Hong Kong – Yantian (China) –Yangshan – Busan (South Korea) – Panama Canal – Manzanillo (Mexico) – Kingston (Jamaica) – Savannah (US) – Charleston – New York – Norfolk – Jacksonville – Kingston – Manzanillo – Panama Canal – Balboa – Pusan – Xiamen

The first sailing of the combined service will start with Hyundai Glory (ETA Xiamen 30 October 2014).

The last sailings of the temporarily suspended NYE and SCE services are as follows:

- NYE: Week 44 E/B (ETA Kaohsiung 26 October 2014) & Week 48 W/B (ETA Savannah 24 November 2014)

- SCE: Week 43 E/B (ETA Xiamen 21 October 2014) & Week 48 W/B (ETA Savannah 23 November 2014)