In time for the east-west trade’s upcoming winter slack season, the CKYH carrier alliance is to scale down its Far East – ECNA portfolio and reduce the number of weekly services in the trade from five to four.
The alliance’s offer presently consists of four Panama Canal routed Transpacific loops and one Suez Canal routed service.
The CKYH group is to suspend this week the Panama-routed ‘AW3’ / ‘AWY’ loop, operated by Yang Ming. A number of ports so far covered by this service will be added to the rotation of the ‘AW7’ / ‘AWS’.
In summary, the changes look as follows:
> ‘AW3’ / ‘AWY’: the 4,738 teu VALENCIA BRIDGE has just sailed from Ningbo, and is the last vessel on the loop.
Rotation: Busan, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan, Manzanillo (Mex), Panama Canal (waypoint), Colon, Savannah, New York, Wilmington (North Carolina), Panama Canal (waypoint), Busan
> ‘AW7’ / ‘AWY’: The ports of Ningbo, Shanghai and Wilmington are added to the rotation to cover for the aformentioned service closure. The present Hong Kong call and the service’s irregular calls at Kaohsiung will be removed.
Revised rotation: Xiamen, Yantian (Shenzhen), Ningbo (new), Shanghai (new), Busan, Panama Canal (waypoint), Savannah, New York, Wilmington (new), Charleston, Panama Canal (waypoint), Busan, Xiamen.
As of Mid-October, Yang Ming will step up from slot partner to co-operator on the loop and bring in the 3,961 YM SHANGHAI and later the 4,553 YM KEELUNG. At the same time, the Taiwanese will rebrand the offer ‘AW5’ instead of the former ‘AW7’ marketing name. The service has a weekly capacity of 4,150 teu and it is maintained by ten ships on a 70-day round trip.
The below three services out of CKHY’s Far East – ECSA portfolio appear not to be affected by the slack season downshift:
> ‘AW1’ / ‘AWH’, operated by Hanjin, so far unchanged.
> ‘AW2’ / ‘AWC’, operated by Coscon so far unchanged.
> ‘AW4’ / ‘AWK’, operated by Yang Ming and K-Line,so far unchanged.