The recently established “THE Alliance” has announced the proposed network from when it will start operations in April 2017, subject to completion of regulatory requirements.
The alliance, which consists of carriers Hapag Lloyd, K Line, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line) and Yang Ming, will offer 31 services linking over 75 ports across Asia, North Europe, the Mediterranean, North America, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, the Indian Sub-Continent and the Middle East.
The alliance plans to use a fleet of over 240 vessels in the Asia/Europe, North Atlantic and Trans-Pacific trade lanes, including the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf/Red Sea.
The network will include eight services in the Asia/Europe trade with three services in the Mediterranean market.
According to a joint statement by its member carriers, the alliance will provide a dedicated service for customers in the Middle East. This service would link major ports in China, South Korea and South East Asia with Dammam, Jubail and an Arabian Gulf port.
The alliance will operate a total of 16 joint services on the Trans-Pacific trade and six loops on the North-Atlantic trade, including North European and Mediterranean ports as well as US, Canadian and Mexican facilities.
The network is planned to cover over 24 ports in Asia, including ten in China and five in Japan, with direct calls, as well as 20 ports in the US and Canada, six in North Europe and 13 in the Mediterranean, six in the Middle East and six in Central America/Caribbean.
The carriers said in a statement that their “product will be characterised by fast transit times, a broad port coverage and deployment of modern and most efficient ships”.
“Our best ship for the loop principle and dedicated shuttle service design are the basis for one of the most competitive products available in the market”, they added.