Zim drops Colombo from ‘AME’ and adds Ningbo

Israel’s ocean carrier Zim will change the rotation of its ‘AME’ Far East to Mediterranean service. A new weekly call at Ningbo will be added from 22 September and the present call at Colombo will be removed from 27 October. Further to this, the service’s Med call order will be reshuffled, with Alexandria to be called first.

The revised rotation looks as follows: Xiamen, Ningbo, Shanghai, Dachan Bay (Shenzhen), Port Kelang, Cochin, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Suez Canal (way point), Alexandria, Haifa, Ashdod, Mersin, Haifa, Suez Canal (way point), Xiamen.

The weekly ‘AME’ turns in 56 days and it deploys a fleet of eight 3,480 teu panamax-beam sister vessels of the German-built ‘Zim Atlantic’ series.

Originally, the ‘AME’ used to be an Asia to Europe loop with way calls in the Med. In February however, Zim decided to drop the service’s Felixstowe, Antwerp and Hamburg leg in favour of a cooperation with MSC on the Swiss-Italian carrier’s Israel Express Med-Europe service.

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