Hyundai Merchant Marine and the South Korean regional carrier CK-Line have launched this month a new service from their home country to the north of Vietnam. Branded as Haiphong Express, or ‘HPX’ for short, the new weekly loop links the following ports: Inchon, Busan, Hong Kong, Haiphong, Hong Kong, Xiamen, Inchon.
The ‘HPX’ service turns in two weeks with two ships in the size class of about 1,000 teu with each carrier providing one ship.
The service launch is one of several recent initiatives from (mainly) South Korean shipping lines to fill the void that was left when STX PanOcean declared insolvent:
- STX PanOcean’s demise had prompted Yang Ming and CNC to end their ‘CTS’ Korea – China – Thailand – Vietnam service in early July.
- KMTC suspended its Busan to Haiphong ‘KHX’ at the beginning of this month which the carrier offered jointly with STX PanOcean.