Yang Ming Line will add a third direct China – India service to its offer in September. The Taiwanese carrier is to become a tonnage provider on the existing ‘CIX’ service of Simatech, K-Line, Evergreen and Hapag-Lloyd.
The loop has a 42 day round trip duration and trades along the following port rotation:
Qingdao, Laem Chabang, Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Nhava Sheva, Colombo, Port Kelang, Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas, Tianjin (aka Xingang), Qingdao.
On the ‘CIX’, Yang Ming will step in for the ill-fated STX PanOcean which had been a tonnage provider until mid-June, when the company collapsed. Since then, the ‘CIX’ has been maintained with only five vessels, with one skipped sailing every six weeks. The loop is thus to return to its regular weekly sailing pattern.
The service employs a fleet of 4,100+ teu capacity vessels. The new Yang Ming ship has yet to be nominated. Yang Ming will be able to provide ships of fitting capacity, as it receives 6,250 teu newbuildings, which will free somewhat smaller ships through cascading.
From Yang Ming’s perspective, its participation in the ‘CIX’ is the carrier’s third China – India service, adding to the ‘CCI’, consisting of slots on the RCL, Hamburg-Süd and OOCL co-operated service and to the ‘CPX’ China – Pakistan – India loop that the Taiwanese operate jointly with OOCL.