Hanjin Shipping has no plans to reduce its allocation on CKYH alliance services or sell terminals in the United States as a result of the "financial improvement plan," which it announced last week.
A spokeswoman for the company said it is currently discussing with other CKYH members - COSCO, "K" Line, and Yang Ming-- about the possibility of inviting Evergreen to be part of the alliance.
Hanjin noted it will have five 10,000-TEU ships delivered in 2014 that will replace some vessels that are scheduled to be returned.
Hanjin has said it will phase out or restructure unprofitable routes, but when asked what routes those would be, the company representative said only "lane restructuring is in progress as usual."
A spokeswoman for Evergreen noted the Taiwanese carriers "started to enhance service cooperation with individual CKYH members in Asia-Europe/Mediterranean trades from the second quarter of 2012. Via space swap and vessel-sharing agreements, the cooperation scope currently covers eight service strings from Asia to Northern Europe and three loops from Asia to Mediterranean."
Evergreen also works with individual members of CKYH in various trades, including the transpacific, transatlantic, intra-Asia, South America and South Africa trades.
"We also team up with most of other major carriers in terms of service cooperation, such as Maersk, CMA CGM, G6 members and China Shipping," she noted.
"Evergreen is always looking at operational ways to enhance service to customers and to improve vessel utilization. We don’t rule out any options, including joining an alliance or maintaining the status-quo," she said.