With effect 17 July, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Zim and TS Lines will be adding a call at the Sri Lanka main port of Colombo to their joint Korea – India ‘CIX’ service.
Colombo is added in the eastbound direction and the loop will thus trade along the following rotation: Kwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou (Shenzhen), Singapore, Nhava Sheva, Colombo, Singapore, Kwangyang.
The extra call will not affect the loop’s round-trip time and the ‘CIX’ will continue to turn in five weeks with five vessels.
The ‘CIX’ attracted a number of new participants this year: Zim – through its intra Asia affiliate Gold Star Lines – first took slots mid-March and quickly upgraded its status to co-operator with the deployment of the ZIM UKRAYINA as of end of May. Korean operator Heung-A began to slot in May and X-Press Feeders added the loop to its offer as part of a wider strengthening of its Middle East and Subcontinent offer.