The members of the G6 alliance and Zim are to merge two of their Panama Canal-routed Far East – ECNA loops into a single winter slack season service. The carriers therewith effectively remove one weekly sling from the trade lane and cut some 5,000 teu of capacity in what is believed to be a temporary winter reduction program. The two services to be merged are:
- The ‘SCE’, a service operated by Hapag-Lloyd, OOCL, NYK and Zim, which is not a member of G6 but participates in this loop.
- The ‘NYE’, a service operated by Hyundai and NYK.
The new ‘SCE’/’NYE’ is to turn in ten weeks and will run along following rotation: Xiamen, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Yantian (Shenzhen), Shanghai, Busan, Balboa, Manzanillo (Mex), Panama Canal (waypoint), Kingston, Savannah, Charleston, New York, Jacksonville, Kingston, Manzanillo (Pan), Panama Canal (waypoint), Balboa, Busan, Xiamen.
The 4,884 teu ZIM ONTARIO will open the new rotation at the beginning of November. In addition to Zim, NYK and Hyundai will be vessel providers on the new service.