CSCL and Zim will are to boost the capacity of their joint ‘AEX1’ Far East to Europe service. Between now and September, the two carriers are to phase-in numerous new vessels in the 9,600 to 10,000 teu size range. These new ships will replace 8,530 teu units of the Hudung-built XIN OU ZHOU type as well as Samsung-built ships of the 8,468 teu CSCL AFRICA type.
The fleet upgrade will take the AEX’s weekly capacity from today’s average of 8,498 teu to about 9,750 teu by September.
The 10,062 teu Zim ships that join the ‘AEX1’ are mainly sourced from the Far East to Europe loop ‘AEX2’ of Evergreen, CSCL and Zim, which is in the process of closing down.
The 9,600 teu CSCL ships that join the ‘AEX1’ are sourced from the same ‘AEX2’, from the Far East to USWC service ‘AAC’, and from vessel reactivations after idle periods.