The Grand Alliance carriers and Zim look to decouple a transpacific all-water service they amended in October back into two separate loops, according to a note from GA member Hapag-Lloyd.
The lines will reintroduce their suspended SCE rotation from next week, and return the SCE2 loop, currently operated mostly with Zim vessels, to its previous rotation.
The revised rotations will be Kaohsiung, Shekou, Hong Kong, New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Miami, and Kaohsiung for the re-introduced SCE service, and Busan, Shanghai (Yangshan), Xiamen, Dachan Bay, Hong Kong, Yantian, Manzanillo (Panama), Kingston, Savannah, Charleston, Kingston, Manzanillo, and Busan for the SCE2.
That returns the SCE2 back to its original rotation before the two services were merged
The current rotation for the SCE2 service, which Zim and Hapag-Lloyd call SC2, is Busan, Xiamen, Kaohsiung, Shekou, Hong Kong, Yantian, Manzanillo, Kingston, New York, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, Kingston, Manzanillo, and Busan. New World Alliance members Hyundai Merchant Marine currently provides one ship on the service, which it calls NSE.
It’s not immediately clear how many vessels will be deployed on the two services now that they have been split, nor which lines will provide the vessels. - Eric Johnson