Taiwanese carrier Evergreen, the world’s fifth-largest container line in terms of capacity, has concluded slot agreements that will secure the line capacity on three CKYH Transpacific services.
As of Mid-May, the Taiwanese carrier will have space allocations on :
– The ‘CEN’ service operated by Cosco, connecting Northern China to Prince Rupert, Long Beach and Oakland with six 5,500 teu ships (branded as ‘CEN’ by Evergreen)
– The ‘CAX’ service operated by Hanjin, connecting Shanghai, Korea and Japoan to Long Beach, Oakland and Seattle with six 3,500 teu to 4,300 teu vessels (branded as ‘CAX’ by Evergreen)
– The ‘PSX’ service operated by Hanjin, connecting Taiwan, China and Korea to Long Beach and Oakland with six vessels and in the process of being upgraded from a fleet of 7,500 teu ships to vessels of 9,000 teu to 10,000 teu (probably to be branded as ‘PSX’ by Evergreen).
With these additions, Evergreen will be offering a total eleven services between the Far East and the West Coast North America. Six of these within the framework of the new slot exchange agreement with Hanjin, which we announced last week, reporting that Hanjin would be offering allocations on Evergreen’s reopened ‘CPS2’ service as part of wider agreement.
The move is the continuation of what appears to be a successful cooperation between CKYH and Evergeen on the Far East-Europe trade lane, and echoes the recent announcement of the ‘G6’ Group to, likewise, extend their Far East-Europe cooperation into the Pacific, with six common loops (including ECNA). One might summarize that the standalone carrier Evergeeen is indeed moving closer to the CKYH group as a whole.