G6 will enter Asia-U.S. East Coast service in May
The G6 Alliance of container carriers on Tuesday confirmed rumored plans to expand into the the trade between Asia and the U.S. East Coast this spring.
The G6 is a combination of six container carriers - the so-called Grand Alliance of NYK, Hapag-Lloyd and OOCL, and the New World Alliance of APL, Hyundai, and MOL.
G6 said it will deploy more than 50 ships in the trade that will call at 30 ports in Asia, the North American east coast, Central America, the Caribbean, Indian Subcontinent, Mediterranean and the Middle East.
The move comes a year after the G6 was formed to create a vessel network in the Asia-to-Europe trade lane.
“Our cooperation in the Asia-to-Europe market has successfully provided customers with comprehensive service coverage as well as operating efficiencies,“ the six member carriers said in a statement. “This new agreement will bring the same winning formula to the Asia-to-North America east coast trade and benefit shippers trading in this key trade lane.“
The new partnership is scheduled to begin in May with six coordinated services connecting Asian and North America east coast ports. Three of the services will transit via the Suez Canal, while the remaining three via the Panama Canal.
Details of the rotations were not provided immediately but are expected to be released sometime after the Lunar New Year.
The six shipping companies said " the new cooperation will be characterized by competitive transit times, broad port coverage and efficient containerships. The six coordinated services will offer an increased sailing frequency than what is currently offered by both the New World Alliance and the Grand Alliance combined."
The carriers said the six new loops will be "the result of the merger and revision of several existing services separately offered by the two alliances. It also includes an entirely new service to form a comprehensive and competitive transpacific network."
According to BlueWater Reporting, the Grand Alliance currently operates 51 ships these weekly services between the Far East and Indian Subcontinent and the North American east coast:
- Asia East Coast Express (AEX) service, a trans-Suez service that employs 10 ships.
- North/Central China East Coast Express (NCE) service, a trans-Panama service that employs nine ships.
- Pacific Atlantic Express (PAX) service, a trans-Panama service that employs 14 ships. (The butterfly service also calls European ports.)
- In conjunction with Zim, the South China East Coast (2-SCE2/SC2) service, a trans-Panama service that employs 10 ships.
- In conjunction with CMA CGM, APL and ANL/USL the India East Coast Express (IEX/INDAMEX), a trans-Suez service that employs eight ships.
BlueWater reports the New World Alliance has 41 ships deployed in these weekly services:
- Atlantic Pacific Express (APX) service, a trans-Panama service that employs 13 ships. (This butterfly service also calls European ports.)
- New York Express (NYX) service, a trans-Panama service that employs 9 ships.
- In conjunction with Hanjin, the Hanjin-Suez Express (SZX), a trans-Suez service that employs 9 ships.
- In conjunction with Evergreen and Hanjin, the SVS/AUE3 service that employs 10 ships.
The G6 carriers did not indicate what will happen to other carriers that participate in some of their existing services. - Chris Dupin
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