“The Alliance” announced plans Tuesday (November 8) to deploy a fleet of over 240 ships in the Asia/Europe, North Atlantic and Trans-Pacific trade lanes including the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf/Red Sea from April 2017. The member carriers Hapag-Lloyd, “K”Line, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Yang Ming, said in a statement: “The product of ‘The Alliance’ is a milestone which will significantly improve the service offering for all shippers on the east west trade lanes.”
Many direct port-to-port connections
The product will have fast transit times, broad port coverage and the most modern and efficient ships. “Our best ship for the loop principle and dedicated shuttle service design are the basis for one of the most competitive products available in the market,” according to the members. The network of 31 services will connect more than 75 major ports in Asia, North Europe, the Mediterranean, North America, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, the Indian sub continent and the Middle East with fast transit times and a wide range of direct port-port-connections.
Service network with over 24 ports
“The Alliance” will offer eight services in the Asia/Europe trade including three services for the Mediterranean market. One dedicated service will cater to customers in the Middle East, connecting key ports in China, South Korea and South East Asia with Dammam, Jubail and an Arabian Gulf hub port. A total of 16 joint services will be operated on the Trans Pacific trade. Six loops will serve North Atlantic trade as well as north European and Mediterranean ports and those in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
“The Alliance’s” service network will likely cover more than 24 ports in Asia including ten Chinese and five Japanese ports with direct calls as well as 20 ports in the U.S. and Canada, six north European and 13 Mediterranean ports, six ports in the Middle East and six ports in Central America/Caribbean.
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