Further to earlier assumptions that the North Europe – Far East service ‘AX2’, jointly operated by Evergreen, Zim and CSCL, would be terminated, it is now confirmed that the trio of carriers will concentrate their common offer on a single service, the ‘AEX1’, so far operated by CSCL, and in which Zim will upgrade its participation to become a tonnage provider.
Evergreen is soon to return to the Israeli carrier two 10,062 teu container vessels which the Taiwanese had chartered from Zim, the sisters TIANJIN and ZIM ROTTERDAM. Both ships will join the revisited ‘AEX1′ service alongside a third sister, ZIM ANTWERP.
According to the carriers’ sailing schedules, CSCL is also expected to soon contribute slightly larger tonnage that the ships it supplies to the loop presently. Overall, the weekly capacity of the service is hence to increase from 7,000 teu to more than 9,000 teu.
The ‘AX1’ rotation will be slightly modified with the addition of an Antwerp ‘export’ call at the very end of the European coverage, and the replacement of Hong Kong by Nansha as the first Far East call. The 8,530 XIN YA ZHOU will sail from Shanghai on 13 June and inaugurate the new rotation which reads as follows :
Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Suez (way point), Felixstowe, Hamburg, Antwerp, Suez canal (way point), Nansha, Shanghai.
With this rotation, the ‘AEX1’ is a very direct loop, without any intermediate calls in areas such as the Straits, Sri Lanka, the Middle East or Med.