CKYH restructures Asia-U.S. East Coast services
Members of the CKYH – Green Alliance of container liner companies (COSCON, “K” Line, Yang Ming, and Hanjin Shipping) said Tuesday they will restructure their current Asia-U.S. East Coast loops, effective mid-April.
CKYH will provide five loops (AWE1, AWE2, AWE3, AWE4, and AWE7) between Asia and the U.S. East Coast.
The carrier members said AWE7 will be newly launched and replace AWE6 which was suspended during the 2012 winter season.
The announcement comes a day after the G6 carriers announced new rotations for their Asia-U.S. East Coast loops.
Shinya Tamaki, manager of planning team for the containerships strategy group at “K” Line, said four of the strings will use Panama routings, with only the AWE 4 being routed through the Suez Canal. The Suez routing will give CKYH members the option of using larger ships that are not limited in size - about 4,500 to 5,000 TEUs - by the Panama Canal.
He said it has not been decided yet how many ships will be in each loop. However, he noted transit times and steaming speeds will be “around the same as at present” and the CKYH Alliance is “not particularly looking to compete with the G6 in this area.” Only the CKYH partners will share these loops and no other lines will take slots, he added.
CKYH said the new services will offer competitive sailing frequencies and on-time schedule reliability to satisfy customer needs.
The G6 is a combination of the New World Alliance (APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine, and MOL) and the Grand Alliance (Hapag-Lloyd, NYK, and OOCL).
It said Monday it will jointly offer six services, three through the Panama Canal and three via the Suez Canal. In addition, the New World Alliance and Grand Alliance will continue to each individually operate two additional strings that offer service between Asia and the U.S. East Coast via the Panama Canal. Zim, which had been partnering with the Grand Alliance on one service, said Tuesday it will continue that relationship with the G6, providing five ships for the SCE service and adding slots on two other G6 services.
Port rotations of the CKYH Asia-U.S. East Coast services include:
- AWE1 - Ningbo, Shanghai, Pusan, New York, Wilmington, N.C., Savannah, Jacksonville, Pusan, and Ningbo.
- AWE2 - Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yokohama, New York, Boston, Norfolk, and Qingdao.
- AWE3 - Ningbo, Shanghai, Pusan, Manzanillo, Colon, Savannah, New York, Wilmington, N.C., Pusan, and Ningbo.
- AWE4 - Ho Chi Minh, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Yantian, Singapore, New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Singapore, and Ho Chi Minh.
- AWE7 - Xiamen, Hong Kong, Yantian, Pusan, New York, Savannah, Charleston, Pusan, Kaohsiung, and Xiamen. - Chris Dupin
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