Hapag-Lloyd changes Far East-WCNA service

German container line Hapag-Lloyd today announced an additional offer on the Far East-WCNA trade lane.

As of late Aril, the Hamburg-based operator will become a slot partner on the Hyundai-operated ‘PCX’ between North China and the West Coast of North America.

At the same time, this service is in the process of being upgraded from a fleet to 6,800 teu ships to 8,900 teu vessels. Some of these were cascaded down though the phase-in of larger vessels into the G6 Asia-Europe network, while other are to be reactivated after a period of idling.

The service presently runs in five weeks and calls at: Ningbo, Shanghai, Kwangyang, Busan, Los Angeles, Oakland, Busan, Kwangyang, Ningbo. In mid-April however, the rotation will be extened to 42 days and a sixth ship will be brought in.

In parallel, Hapag-Lloyd will cease its slot participation in the Hanjin-operated ‘CAX’ with last sailing from Shanghai on April 19, and last sailing from Los Angeles on May 4.

The latter is calling the Japanese ports of Tokyo and Osaka, which Hapag-Lloyd is however connecting to WCNA through three other services.

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