CMA CGM-Delmas and Maersk Line plan to reshuffle the port rotations of two of their five joint services that operate on the Asia-West Africa trade lanes, namely, the ASAF/FEW 6 and WAX 1/FEW 1.
The ASAF/FEW 6 will in future serve the North China ports of Xingang and Qingdao that are so far covered by the WAX 1. The two concerned loops are operated by CMA CGM.
The new ASAF/FEW 6 rotation is Xingang, Qingdao, Shanghai, -Guangzhou-Nansha, Shenzhen-Chiwan, Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Walvis Bay, Pointe Noire, Luanda, Cape Town, Port Kelang and back to Xingang.
With the extension to North China, this service will turn in 13 weeks instead of 12. The first sailing on the amended port rotation will sail from Xingang on August 9.
A 13th ship, the 6,612-TEU Cap Andreas, sublet from Hamburg Sud, has been added to the service's fleet, which otherwise consists of 4,300- to 5,700-TEU vessels.
As for the WAX 1/FEW 1, it will now turn back in Central China, calling at Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen-Chiwan, Guannshou-Nansha, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Cape Town, Lagos-Tincan, Douala, Abidjan, Pointe Noire, Colombo, Port Kelang, Shanghai.
This service turns in 15 weeks and uses a fleet of fifteen 3,500-TEU ships. The first sailing will be operated by the CMA CGM Nordic Macao from Shanghai on August 15.
Source : HKSG.