The Tel Aviv-based carrier Zim has decided to slow down its Panama Canal-routed Far East to ECNA service ‘ZCP’. Effective immediately, the loop has been stretched from 70 days of turnaround to 77 days.
The 4,884 teu ZIM SAN FRANCISCO was phased-in as an extra vessel to maintain weekly sailings with a fleet of now 11 ships.
No changes were made to the port rotation, which continues unaltered: Savannah, Norfolk, New York, Halifax, Kingston, Panama Canal (waypoint), Los Angeles, Oakland, Vostochny (bunkering), Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan, Balboa, Panama Canal (waypoint), Kingston, Savannah.
The move also affects CSCL, since the Chinese carrier has a slot allocation on the loop, which it markets as its ‘AAE3’ service.