NYK in joint service to South America
NIPPON Yusen Kaisha (NYK) of Japan and four other shipping companies will launch a joint service from Japan and the Far East to the east coast of South America, via South Africa, in January 1995.
The others companies are Compagnie Sud Americana de Vaporea (CSAV) of Chile, Nantai Line of Taiwan, Grindrod Unicorn Group (Grincor) of South Africa, and Norsul International (Norsul) of Brazil.
The round-trip fixed-day weekly service will use 11 newly built full container ships, each with a capacity of 1,500 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), including 200 reefers.
This will be the first weekly fixed-day and direct express service between Japan and the Far East to South Africa and east coast of South America, and also between South Africa and the east coast of South America.
NYK and CSAV have already begun their joint co-operation with three or four sailings a month from Japan and the Far East to South America with semi-container vessels.
NYK also has a full container service to South Africa at 10-day intervals as a member of the Safari service.
Nantai Line has two sailings per month from Taiwan to South Africa and, for the first time, will extend its service to the east coast of South America.
Grincor will provide services through a subsidiary which covers South Africa, the Indian Ocean and South Atlantic Ocean.
Norsul already operates a liner service from the west coast of North America to Brazil and will extend the service to the Far East.
NYK is Japan's leading shipping company, with one of world's largest fleets of 389 ships.