Over the course of June and July, OOCL and CSCL will boost the capacity of their joint ‘AEA1’/’ACE’ China-Taiwan-Australia service. The two partners will successively replace the present fleet of ships in the 4,200 to 4,500 teu range with ships of 5,400 to 5,700 teu.
Most of today’s panamax-beam units will thus be replaced with over-panamax ships. Last week, OOCL phased-in the 5,344 teu OOCL AMERICA. She will be followed by the 5,668 teu sisters XIN QING DAO and XIN YAN TAI and the 5,344 teu OOCL CALIFORNIA.
For the time being, these four over-panamaxes will trade alongside one smaller ship to form a fleet of five units. One voyage on the six-week round trip continues to be skipped. The gap is partially filled by ad-hoc slots on the multi-operator Australia loop of Hamburg Süd, Hyundai, APL and Hapag-Lloyd.