Alliance to run four loops
THE Grand Alliance grouping comprising Hapag Lloyd, Neptune Orient Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and P&O Containers says its service between Europe and Asia will start in June and comprise four loops operated by 34 vessels.
The service will form part of the Grand Alliance's services covering the main East-West trades.
The service, with four fixed-day sailings per week, is expected to provide customers with several opportunities to ship their cargo. Loops A and B will provide direct links between major Japanese ports and Europe with direct calls at Southampton, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Le Havre.
These two loops will also feature Asian port calls including those at Singapore, Hong Kong, Busan, Kaohsiung and Port Kelang.
Loop A will make east-bound port calls at Jeddah and Colombo with nine 4,400 to 4,700 20-foot equivalent unit (teu) vessels.
Loop B will make a mid-Mediterranean hub call to serve the surrounding market with nine 3,600 to 4,000 teu vessels.
The alliance will deploy eight 3,600 to 4,000 teu vessels on loop C to provide fast west-bound market transit times to Europe from a major south China port, believed to be Yantian port or Hong Kong. The east-bound service will offer a second option to Jeddah and a direct Jebel Ali hub call to serve the Middle East market.
Eight 4,400 teu vessels will provide the last loop D for east-bound and west-bound services between Europe and major trading centres.