After just one and a half months on an 11-week rotation, the G6 Alliance of liner shipping companies has increased the speed of its joint weekly EUM service between Asia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, decreasing roundtrip voyage time from 77 days to 70 days.
Transit times eastbound from the Mediterranean to South Korea and China have improved by about seven days, as vessels will no longer slow steam one week on the return leg between Hong Kong and Busan.
reported Aug 8, 2012, that the G6 increased roundtrip voyage time on the loop from 63 days to 70 days
and the carriers further slowed the EUM by an additional week in January, in order to skip one sailing position commencing Busan, South Korea on Feb. 18.
The rotation of the EUM remains Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jeddah, Damietta, Genoa, Marseilles, Barcelona, Valencia, Damietta, Jeddah, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Busan. The service is currently operated with 10 vessels, five from OOCL, three from MOL, and one from Hapag-Lloyd, along with one voided sailing, with an average weekly capacity of 7,161 TEUs.
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 in October 2012
, the alliance members jointly operate a portfolio of six Asia-Europe services under the G6 Alliance moniker, including the EUM, of which the LP4, LP5, and LP7 were also slowed by one week each in Nov, 2012
. -BlueWater Reporting
, Ben Meyer