CM understands that the G6 shipping alliance has cancelled 36 sailings over nine of its 12 different trade routes between Asia and the US West Coast.
The ships had been scheduled to sail between March and May but have been omitted because of “continued vessel delays caused by the US West Coast congestion situation”.
Hapag-Lloyd, one of the alliance partners, told CM that all the cancellations were on G6 services but none of the ships belong to the German line, contradicting a previous report in the Financial Times.
However, its senior director of group communications, Nils Haupt, confirmed that Hapag-Lloyd would normally have containers on these services.
The most badly hit route is the South China 1 Service between Xiamen, Chiwan/Shekou, Yantian, Los Angeles, Oakland and Kaohsiung, with eight sailings removed.
Six cancellations will affect the North Pacific 2 Service that travels between Hong Kong, Yantian, Kaohsiung, Shanghai, Pusan, Tacoma, Seattle, Vancouver, Yokohama and Kwangyang.
Haupt added: “We [Hapag-Lloyd] still have our own services to the West Coast and we still serve the West Coast. We have some minor cancellations such as leaving out Los Angeles for a single trip but we don’t have the big cancellations that you see on the G6 list.”
He also emphasised that the shipping lines had the “flexibility” to change schedules and re-install services if the congestion does abate, stating that he was optimistic that the situation will improve.
The G6 alliance comprises APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line.