CKYHE Alliance Restructures its Europe – Far East Services
As of this April, the CKYHE alliance members (Cosco, K-Line, Yang Ming Marine, Hanjin, Evergreen) will reorganize three of their services that run between North Europe – Far East and between Mediterranean – Far East. Evergreen’s CEM and CES services as well as the MD1 service that is jointly operated by Cosco and Hanjin will all see major adjustments to their port rotations.
The Mediterranean – Far East service MD1 will see the addition of a transpacific component by adding the ports of Long Beach and Oakland to its port rotation. MD1 will also add port calls at Vung Tau, Shanghai (Eastbound) and Busan to its new port rotation. The new route will be inaugurated by the vessel COSCO HELLAS on 22nd April from Qingdao. The service is jointly operated by Hanjin and Cosco and it will turn in 112 days/16 weeks. Hanjin will change its branding of the service from MD1 to PM1.
The North Europe – Far East service CEM that is operated by Evergreen will undergo modifications to its port rotation. The ports of Shekou (Shenzhen), Piraeus (East and Westbound), Rotterdam and Kaohsiung will join the rotation while the port calls at Zeebrugge, Colombo (East and Westbound), Hong-Kong(East and Westbound), Qingdao and Yantian will be withdrawn from the port rotation. This new route will be first inaugurated by the vessel THALASSA PISTIS on 15th April from Shanghai. Hanjin will call this service NE5 and will no longer brand it ANN.
CEM is expected to deploy 10 vessels on a weekly-frequency and a 70 day-rotation. It has an average service capacity of 11,000 TEU per week.
The North Europe – Far East service CES, also operated by Evergreen, will also see major changes to its port rotation. The port calls at Piraeus (East and West bound), Jeddah, Tanjung Pelepas (East and Westbound), Kaohsiung and Shekou will be withdrawn from the rotation while Felixstowe and Colombo (Eastbound) will be added to the rotation. The new port rotation will provide the only direct connection between Taipei and Felixstowe. It will be inaugurated by the vessel EVER LADEN on 20th April from Taipei.
CES employs 10 vessels on a weekly frequency and a 70 day-rotation. It has an average service capacity of 9,200 TEU per week. Hanjin will rename this service, branding it NE8 instead of the previous APN.
MD1/PM1: Barcelona - Valencia - Piraeus - Suez Canal (way point) - Singapore - Vung Tau (aka Cai Mep) (new) - Hong Kong - Shanghai (new)- Busan (new) - Long Beach (new) - Oakland (new)- Busan (new) - Qingdao - Shanghai - Ningbo - Yantian (Shenzhen) - Hong Kong - Nansha - Singapore - Suez Canal (way point) - Piraeus - La Spezia - Genoa – Barcelona
CEM: Shanghai - Ningbo - Shekou (Shenzhen) (new) - Tanjung Pelepas - Suez Canal (way point) - Piraeus (new)- Rotterdam - Felixstowe - Hamburg - Rotterdam (new) - Piraeus (new) - Suez Canal (way point) - Tanjung Pelepas - Kaohsiung (new) - Shanghai
CES: Taipei - Ningbo - Shanghai - Colombo - Suez Canal (way point) - Felixstowe (new) - Hamburg - Rotterdam - Le Havre - Suez Canal (way point) - Colombo (new) - Taipei