MEMBER shipping lines of the G6 Alliance lines are reported to be expanding their transpacific trade coverage to include the US west coast from the second quarter of 2014, according to PR News Services.
The six carriers - APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine, MOL, Hapag-Lloyd, NYK and OOCL - six months ago expanded their global service network to include the Asia-US east coast by jointly operating three Suez Canal services and three through Panama.
The American Journal of Transportation (AJOT) reports that the services set to come under the G6 banner from April 2014 are the Pacific Northwest service (PNW) operated at present by the New World Alliance, and the Pacific China Express (PCX) service.
The services will be re-branded the Pacific North 2 (PN2) service and the China California 1 (CC1), respectively.
The port rotation for the PN2 will remain unchanged, calling at: Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Shenzhen-Yantian, Shanghai, Busan, Tacoma, Seattle, Vancouver, Busan, Kwangyang and back to Kaohsiung. The service will deploy six 8,900-TEU ships operated by HMM.
The CC1 service's route will continue as: Ningbo, Shanghai, Kwangyang, Busan, Los Angeles, Oakland, Kwangyang and back to Ningbo. The CC1 will be run by six 6,800-TEU vessels, also provided by Hyundai.
Source : HKSG.