With effect from 23 December 2008, a revised ‘MED’ service will be operated by the New World Alliance (TNWA) carriers – MOL, APL, and Hyundai Merchant Marine – and include the Grand Alliance (GA) lines – Hapag-Lloyd, MISC Berhad, NYK), and OOCL. The service changes will allow the shipping lines to maintain service quality and provide better port coverage for customers.
The new service will deploy eight 6,000 TEU-capacity ships with TNWA and GA providing two and six vessels, respectively. Four new port calls at Jeddah, Pusan, Shekou and Valencia will be added to the service.
The revised port rotation will be Pusan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan, Shekou, Hong Kong, Singapore, Port Kelang, Jeddah, Damietta, Genoa, Fos, Barcelona, Valencia, Damietta, Singapore, Hong Kong and Pusan.
MOL has also announced a revision to its Asia-North Europe ‘JEX’ and ‘SCX’ services. From this month (December) the “JEX” service changed its rotation between Yantian and Hong Kong for the eastbound voyage, and will start calling at Jeddah from 15 January 2009.
The revised port rotation is Kobe, Nagoya, Shimizu, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Yantian, Singapore, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Le Havre, Jeddah, Singapore, Yantian, Hong Kong and Kobe. This new rotation will provide customers with direct access from the Middle East to Japan and the fastest transit from Hong Kong to Kobe.
Last month, (November) a new schedule was introduced for the company’s China – Europe service, merging ‘CEX’ and ‘SCX’ services. Colombo has been added to ports in Asia, with Southampton becoming the first European port call instead of Thamesport.
The revised port rotation is Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Singapore, Colombo, Southampton, Zeebrugge, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Salalah, Singapore, Hong Kong and Ningbo. Ports previously linked by ‘CEX’ are now covered by other TNWA services.