The CKYH alliance of liner shipping companies has added a new port call at Antwerp, Belgium, and a 10th vessel to its weekly NE1 service between Asia and North Europe, increasing roundtrip voyage time from 63 days to 70 days, in order to skip a sailing position from Asia in October.
Transit times in both directions on the NE1 have been increased by a few days, now taking 29 days from Ningbo, China, to the first port inbound at Hamburg, Germany, and 23 days on the return voyage from the last port out from Europe at Antwerp to Singapore. The service is scheduled to skip one sailing position commencing Ningbo on Oct 5.
The revised rotation of the NE1 is Ningbo, Shanghai, Nansha, Hong Kong, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Antwerp, Singapore, Nansha, and Ningbo.
The service is currently operated with 10 vessels, all from COSCO, with an average weekly capacity of 8,161 TEUs once factors such as skipped sailings are taken into account. In the next few months, however, the alliance carriers plan to change out six of the 10 vessels, the result of which will be that COSCO will operate seven of the vessels, Yang Ming will operate two, and “K” Line one. Carriers Evergreen Line and Pacific International Lines continue to purchase slots on the service.
The CKYH Alliance comprises China-owned COSCO Container Lines, Hanjin Shipping of South Korea, Taiwan-based Yang Ming, and “K” Line of Japan. In addition to the NE1, the CKYH Alliance carriers and Evergreen separately offer or take slots on a total of nine other services with direct connections between Asia and North Europe. - ComPair Data
, Ben Meyer