Members of the G6 alliance will use containerships of up to 10,000 TEUs on their AZX service between Asia and the United States, said the Port of Halifax.
Karen Oldfield, president and chief executive officer of the Port of Halifax, noted this spring will bring "three new container shipping lines calling with an Asian-Suez service – APL, MOL and Hyundai. With this addition, Halifax will have 10 of the top 15 global carriers providing service in our port.
"Big ships, to a maximum capacity of 10,000 TEUs, will be deployed on this service with exact vessel size and terminal nomination to be soon finalized," she said.
"Halifax has been targeting this type of Asian service as part of our container growth strategy. This service plays to our port’s strengths including transit time advantages via the Suez Canal, deep container berths, rail connectivity to major inland markets, and modern, well-equipped terminals," she added.
Oldfield said "Asia represents 48 percent of Halifax’s cargo and we have potential to grow volumes over Asian trade lanes. We are pleased that a Canadian port is included in this new service which provides Atlantic Canadian and Canadian companies with direct access to the important growth markets in Asia."
The AZX is being formed by the G6 through the merger of the Grand Alliance’s AEX service, which had been calling Halifax, and the New World Alliance’s SZX service, which had not called the eastern Canadian port. The new rotation will be Laem Chabang, Singapore, Colombo, (Suez Canal), Damietta, Cagliari, Halifax, New York, Savannah, Norfolk, Cagliari, Damietta, (Suez Canal), Jebel Ali, Singapore, and Laem Chabang.
The G6 is made up of members of the New World Alliance (APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine, and MOL) and Grand Alliance (Hapag-Lloyd, NYK, and OOCL).
The six carriers, which had been cooperating in the Asia-Europe trade, are beginning to jointly operate services between Asia and the North American east coast beginning in May. Earlier this week they announced new port rotations
. - Chris Dupin