With immediate effect, APL is to drop the Laem Chabang – Singapore leg of its Thailand – Straits – Subcontinent service ‘LWX’ and replace the connection by slot-buying. The truncated service continues under a new name as a Singapore to India and Pakistan loop.
The former Singapore to Laem Chabang leg of the ‘LWX’ is to be served through slots on a newly established shuttle service by X-Press Feeders. The new loop offers one weekly round trip and it employs the 1,645 teu HANSA CALYPSO, which the feeder specialist recently chartered from the spot market. APL brands its slot participation on the loop as its ‘TSX’ service.
The Singapore – Subcontinent leg of the ‘LWX’ has been re-branded as ‘SWX’ and its continues to be served by APL tonnage. The shortened service’s turnaround time is three weeks, which is essentially unchanged from the former sailing pattern – minus the one-week Thailand leg. The ‘new’ loop deploys three of the vessels formerly trading on the ‘LWX’: The 3,398 teu sisters APL CHICAGO, APL SEATTLE, APL GUANGZHOU. The port rotation is: Singapore, Karachi, Pipavav, Colombo, Singapore.
Hyundai and MOL were slot buyers on ‘LWX’ but appear not to participate in APL’s revised Singapore to Subcontinent offer. The two carriers are however expected to join X-Press as slotters on the new Singapore to Laem Chabang shuttle in lieu of their former participation on the ‘LWX’