Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is to take control of the Hong Kong to Haiphong Shuttle presently operated by Bien Dong Shipping. Presently, MOL is a slotter on this one-ship service, which the Japanese carrier markets as ‘VH3’.
MOL will send its newest ship to the service, the recently delivered 1,735 teu MOL HORIZON. The vessel will however only perform a single trip on the ‘VH3’ as part of a positioning voyage from the shipyard at Guangzhou to Thailand.
After that, MOL will charter the service’s present ship, the 1,016 teu BIEN DONG MARINER from Bien Dong. As of 13 August, MOL will thus go from slotter to operator on the loop, while Bien dong steps down and becomes a slotter on its own vessel.