As was announced Mid-May, a group of six carriers consisting of Maersk, CMA CGM, Hamburg-Süd, CSAV, CSCL and Hanjin, have decided to cooperate in the Far East – ECSA lane and to replace three existing loops with three new services of somewhat lower capacity.
Maersk Line and CMA CGM have revealed the details of the first of these loops. It will turn in 77 days as expected but two ships have yet to be nominated. Whereas a nomination for the second sailing from Busan on 10 July is highly likely, it seems that 15 August will actually see a blank sailing from Korea and that the loop will actually deploy 10 ships only.
Vessels nominated so far have capacities ranging from 7,450 to 8,700 teu and the average capacity of the loop is expected in line with the carriers announcement, around 8,000 teu / week.
The rotation also is in line with what was originally announced, with the exception of Santos which is now the first South American port : Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian (Shenzhen), Hong Kong, Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Santos, Sepetiba, Itapoa, Itajai, Paranagua, Santos, Sepetiba, Coega (aka Ngqura), Singapore, Hong Kong, Busan.