OOCL said it will introduce a service connecting Asia, the East Mediterranean, and Black Sea next month, using Zim's EMX service.
The first call will be provided by ZIM Shekou
which is scheduled to arrive on Sept. 6 at Pusan and will have the following port rotation is Pusan, Ningbo, Shanghai, Da Chan Bay, Port Kelang, via Suez Canal, Haifa, Istanbul, Odessa, Novorossiysk, Istanbul, Haifa, via Suez Canal, Nhava Sheva, Port Kelang, Da Chan Bay, and Pusan
Meanwhile members of the G6 Alliance have decided to modify their network between the Far East and the Black Sea at the end of the August.
Effective from week 36. The last sailing for the ABX service will be MOL Performance
(ETA Ningbo on Aug. 30).
G6 said it will maintain all port coverage with a new dedicated feeder service with a connection via Port Said that will be added to the Loop 4 of the G6 Alliance. The G6 Alliance’s Mediterranean service, EUM, will also provide a connection to the newly deployed Black Sea feeder through the existing Port Said call. The rotation of the feeder service will be Port Said, Ashdod, Istanbul, Constanza, Odessa, Istanbul, Ashdod, and Port Said. The weekly service will utilize two 3,000-TEU ships.
The G6 Alliance members are APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line. - Chris Dupin