Partners enhance services to Europe
WONG JOON SAN
Japan's Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and Taiwan's Yang Ming Marine Transport will boost their new joint Asia-Europe services from November.
The service, which will see vessel changes, will continue to offer twice-weekly services on its Japan-Asia-Europe and Taiwan-Asia-Europe routes.
'The new joint services will offer competitive transit times and ensure that capacity is available to meet increasing demand,' the partners said.
K Line's Japan-Asia-Europe service, using 3,500-teu (20 ft equivalent units) vessels, will call at Egypt's Port Said, which will be connected to East Mediterranean ports by feeder services.
The carrier will use eight vessels with a 56-day turnaround. Port rotation is Kobe, Nagoya, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Port Said, Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Hamburg or Bremerhaven, Le Havre, Port Said, Singapore, Hong Kong and Kobe.
Yang Ming's Taiwan-Asia-Europe service will provide an express, 20-day run between Kaohsiung and Rotterdam using seven high-speed 3,500-teu vessels.
The service will have a 49-day turnaround. Its port rotation is Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Singapore, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Felixstowe, Antwerp, Singapore and Hong Kong.
K Line also will realign its trans-Pacific services comprising its PSW and ASX services between Asia and the United States southwest coast from this autumn.
The PSW service, formerly through Singapore and Port Klang using six 3,500-teu vessels, will be altered to use five ships and call at Yantian.
The vessels will be four of 3,500 teu and one of 2,800 teu and will have a 35-day turnaround.
Port rotation will include Yantian, Hong Kong, Kobe, Nagoya, Tokyo, Long Beach, Oakland, Tokyo, Nagoya and Yantian.
K Line's ASX service, which links the PSW service to Hong Kong using five 2,800-teu vessels, will be extended to Singapore by adding an additional 2,800-teu vessel.
The new ASX service will have a 42-day turnaround time.
Port rotation will include Singapore, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Long Beach, Oakland, Kobe, Keelung, Hong Kong and Singapore.
K Line is to begin operating its new Japan-Straits and Vietnam service from October 20.
The service involves chartering space from Malaysian International Shipping Corp on its weekly Japan-Straits and Vietnam container service.
The schedule of the service is Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya, Yokohama, Singapore, Port Klang, Ho Chi Minh City and Osaka.