Over the past few months, X-Press Feeders has notably strengthened its coverage between the Far East and the Indian subcontinent and Middle East. In March, April and May, the Singapore-based feeder specialist successively started to take slots on three mainline loops that cover the trade. Here is a quick recap:
In mid-March, X-Press began slotting on the Korea Middle East loop ‘FMX’/’AGX2’ of Hanjin, UASC and CSAV. The shipping line therewith joined NYK, Emirates Shipping, KMTC and RCL as slotters. The service deploys seven ships in the size range from 6,500 to 6,900 teu on a seven-week round trip.
It serves Kwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Shekou, Singapore, Port Kelang, Jebel Ali, Mina Khalifa, Khor Fakkan, Bandar Abbas. Karachi, Port Kelang, Singapore, Busan. The Bandar Abbas call is to be dropped next week, following increasingly tight international sanctions against Iran.
In mid-April, X-Press began slotting on the ‘ACS’ standalone Korea to India service of Hyundai. This loop was very recently extended north to Vostochny by means of incorporating HMM’s former Vostochny-Busan shuttle in a move that allows a winder range of Hyundai ships to take advantage of the lower Russian bunker prices. On the ‘ACS’, X-Press joins Bengal Tiger Line, TS Lines, KMTC, CMA CGM and Fesco, which also take slots.
The service turns in six weeks with six ships and it is homogeneously staffed by a fleet of 2,818 teu sister vessels of the HYUNDAI VLADIVOSTOK type. The ‘ACS’ calls at Busan, Vostochny, Busan, Ulsan, Shanghai, Xiamen, Yantian, Singapore, Port Kelang, Chennai, Port Kelang, Singapore, Busan.
Late in May, X-Press began to buy slots on the ‘CIX’ Korea to India service jointly operated by Hyundai Merchant Marine and TS Lines. The carrier joined an already large group of slotters on this service which so far consisted of Gold Star Lines, Zim, and Heung-A. Emirates Shipping, which used to slot on the loop left in March, following and instead become a vessel provider on the ‘CIX/CIS’ service of OOCL and APL: X-Press markets its participation on the Hyundai and TS loop as its ‘ICX’. The Zim group recently upgraded its status on the service from slot-buyer to co-operator and brought in the 4,308 teu ship ZIM UKRAYINA.
The service turns in five weeks with five ships of 4,300 to 5,000 teu. It connects Kwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou, Singapore, Nhava Sheva, Pipavav, Singapore, Kwangyang.
Following X-Press’ participation in these three services, it appears that the carrier has recently stopped slot-buying on the Maersk-operated Korea and China to India service ‘CHX’, so far branded as ‘CVX’ by X-Press.