The G6 Alliance of liner shipping companies have added 11 vessels to three of their weekly services between Asia, North Europe and the Middle East, the LP4, LP5 and LP7 loops, increasing roundtrip voyage time from 70 days to 77 days on each.
LP4 is adding an additional eastbound call at Jeddah, now taking 23 days from Rotterdam to Jeddah, compared with a retained westbound fast transit of 21 days from Singapore to Le Havre.
On the LP5 transit times eastbound from North Europe to South Korea and China have increased by about seven days as vessels slow steam one week between Salalah, Oman and Gwangyang, South Korea.
LP7 transit times eastbound from Europe to Asia have also increased by about seven days as vessels slow steam one week between Singapore and Qingdao, China.
The new rotation of LP4 will be Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Singapore, Le Havre, Southampton, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Jeddah, Singapore, and Yantian. The change will take effect from Hyundai Together,
departing Le Havre Nov.12. Up to now this loop has operated with 10 vessels averaging 12,047 TEUs, five from Hyundai, three from APL and two from Hapag-Lloyd.
The rotation of the LP5 remains Gwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Shekou, Yantian, Singapore, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Thamesport, Salalah, Singapore, and Gwangyang. The service when operating with 11 vessels will have eight from Hyundai, and one each from MOL, OOCL, and Hapag-Lloyd, with an average capacity of 8,593 TEUs.
The LP7 service with 11 weekly sailings will have six from APL, two from Hapag-Lloyd, one each from APL and OOCL, (and one voided sailing), with an average weekly capacity of 8,625 TEUs. The rotation remains Qingdao, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Yantian, Singapore, Salalah, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Thamesport, Salalah, Singapore, and Gwangyang.
The G6 Alliance comprises Grand Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd of Germany, Japan-based NYK Line, and Hong Kong-based OOCL and New World Alliance members Hyundai Merchant Marine of South Korea, Singapore-owned APL, and Japan's MOL.
Since the termination of the carriers’ joint LP3 service
, the alliance members jointly operate a portfolio of six Asia-Europe services under the G6 Alliance moniker, including the LP4, LP5 and LP7. In early August, they also slowed another of these, their joint weekly EUM service between Asia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, increasing roundtrip voyage time on the loop from 63 days to 70 days
. - ComPair Data
, Ben Meyer