Hapag-Lloyd today announced the removal of the Charleston call from its Transatlantic ‘GMX’ service which links Northern Europe with Mexico and the US East- and Gulf Coast. Charleston will be dropped at the end of July.
The suspension is motivated by the need to improve schedule reliability, said the German carrier in a statement. Charleston will last be visited on 29 July by the 3,534 teu LISA SCHULTE. The 3,606 teu NORFOLK EXPRESS thereafter will inaugurate the truncated rotation: Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Le Havre, Veracruz, Altamira, Houston, New Orleans, Thamesport, Antwerp.
Both Hapag-Lloyd and OOCL, which is a slot buyer on the ‘GMX’, continue to cover the port of Charleston through their respective services and slot swap agreements:
- OOCL’s ‘Atlantic Express’, a fast 28 day service with a 5,892 teu per week capacity: Hamburg-Süd also provides one ship, Hapag-Lloyd is a slot buyer;
- Hapag-Lloyd’s ‘Gulf Atlantic’, operated by Hapag-Lloyd with five 3,237 vessels: OOCL – alongside NYK – is a slot buyer.
Of note, Atlantic Container Line has also a slot participation on the Gulf Atlantic service.
Following the removal from the ‘GMX’, the port Charleston remains connected to North Europe by eight Transatlantic container liner services.