A group of four container lines is to restructure its jointly-operated Taiwan – Australia service.
The weekly fixed-day loop is currently operated on a 35-day round trip by Hamburg-Süd (two ships), Hyundai (‘FA2’), APL (‘CAS’) and Hapag-Lloyd (‘AAS’) (one vessel each), along the following port rotation: Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Yantian, Melbourne, Botany Bay (Sydney), Brisbane, Kaohsiung.
Maersk Line (‘Yoyo’), MSC (‘Panda’) and Mariana Express Line take slots on the loop.
The service will soon be suspended for six consecutive sailings and Hapag-Lloyd’s 4,840 teu SINGAPORE EXPRESS is scheduled to be the last ship on the loop for the time being. Her calls at the Australian ports in first week of July will be followed by a six-week downtime, before a yet-to-be-nominated Hyundai vessel is expected to resume sailings from Hong Kong at the end of the same month.
For the time of the temporary service closure, the carriers will place their cargoes on two alternative Taiwan – Australia services:
- the Taiwan – Australia service, jointly operated by OOCL and CSCL,
- the Japan – Taiwan – Australia service, jointly operated by MOL, OOCL, K-Line, NYK and Evergreen.
At this stage, it appears that Hyundai, APL and Hamburg-Süd will redeploy own tonnage on the Taiwan – Australia service. Whereas Maersk Line seem to be suspending the ‘Yoyo’ for good, the other participants, MSC and MELL, yet have to advise whether the are to apply any changes to their slotting.