The long established Asia–Mediterranean–US East Coast pendulum, operated by the Grand Alliance, has now evolved into the AZX Service “Asia Suez Express”, known as ‘G6’.
Ships deployed will continue to be in the 5,000 – 7,500 teu range, provided by APL, Hapag-Lloyd and OOCL. Frequency remains unchanged with weekly westbound and eastbound calls, which the port sees as opening up new opportunities for APL, HMM and MOL who join the existing partners of Hapag Lloyd, NYK and OOCL.
As part of the changes, Hapag Lloyd has re-jigged its Med Gulf Express (MGX) fleet, replacing two ships with larger vessels, increasing nominal capacity by some 30%.
As well as the deep-sea network, multiple changes are also taking place in the feeder network, including the long established Spain–Cagliari–East Mediterranean service introducing 1,750 teu ships, representing a capacity increase of some 50%.
Shipping lines now provide seven weekly deep-sea calls and up to twelve feeder calls.
Franco Nicola Cupolo, director and general manager of CICT, commented: “the latest changes reflect the continuing needs of our customers as [they] attempt to ensure network efficiency is put in place … to consolidate the network and to interchange ships and cargo between services”.