Gold Star Line, an affiliate of ocean carrier Zim, has announced that it will shift the South China hub of its ‘FAX’ service from Dachan Bay to Nansha. The call will thus move from the eastern banks of the Pearl River to the western side of the Delta. The first Nansha call is scheduled to take place at the end of this month.
The carrier stated that the decision was made to offer the fast growing Guangdong exporters to West Africa with a port of call located nearer to the heart of their business.
Connections from Dachan Bay to Africa will be maintained by means of transhipment at Port Kelang, using Zim’s Far East to Black Sea service ‘EMX’ and Zim’s Far East to Med service ‘AME’.
The revised ‘FAX’ will call at Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Port Kelang, Colombo, Durban, Lagos (Tin Can and Apapa), Tema, Cotonou, Port Kelang, Shanghai. The service turns in 80 days with a fleet of nine, sometimes ten, vessels in the 2,200 to 3,350 teu size range. Because of frequent congestion issues in West Africa, the service does not run as a weekly fixed-day operation, but rather offers one sailing every eight days on average.