NYK and Hanjin modify WCNA – Middle East service‏

Effective mid-July, NYK and Hanjin are to slow down the rotation of their joint ‘SGX’/’PSG’ service, a loop which trades between the West Coast of North America, the Far East, Southeast Asia and the Middle East Gulf. One more port call and one extra ship will be added, as round trip times increase from 11 to 12 weeks.

Agustin Alapont Castilla

The 6,660 teu NYK THESEUS will make the inaugural visit at Bahrain / Credit: Agustin Alapont Castilla

NYK currently deploys seven vessels on the service, whereas Hanjin has four ships on the loop. The Japanese carrier is to add a further ship, the 6,660 teu NYK THESEUS, which makes her entry on 15 July.  In terms of size the newcomer is on line with the remaining fleet on this loop, which consists of mid-sized over-panamax ships of 6,000+ teu.

The NYK THESEUS will also inaugurate an additional call at Bahrain, that will first be visited on 12 August.

The fixed day, 12 week loop will thus have the following rotation: Los Angeles, Oakland, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian (Shenzhen), Singapore, Jebel Ali, Bahrain (new), Dammam, Port Kelang, Singapore, Laem Chabang, Yantian (Shenzhen), Los Angeles.

Since November 2012, when the Singapore-based carrier APL decided to remove the Middle East extension of its ‘Pacific SouthWest PS1’, the ‘SGX’/’PSG’ is the one and only service offering a direct connection between the Middle East and the WCNA. Both OOCL and Hapag-Lloyd take slots on the loop and brand it ‘SCX’. A number of other carriers furthermore participate on selected legs of the service.

For the newly added port of Bahrain, the addition means the port’s second main deep-sea connection in addition to the Far East – Middle East service of APL and MOL, the ‘CMI’/’WAX’. Otherwise, Bahrain remains predominantly served through a number of feeder services via Jebel Ali as well as regional Middle East loops.

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