MOL, Evergreen and Coscon Launch a New Far East – West Africa Service
MOL, Evergreen and Coscon launch a new jointly operated Far East – West Africa service that will be branded WA1. This will be the first service offer in this corridor for MOL and Evergreen. Coscon already covers the area through slots on Gold Star Line’s FAX service, but for the first time Coscon will be able to offer a direct connection from Singapore and Hong Kong to Abidjan. The Far East - West Africa lane is undergoing a serious upgrade as this new service adds to the recent launch of MSC's Africa Express service (see news: MSC opens new Far East - West Africa service). Before MSC’s Africa Express, this lane was served exclusively by Maersk, CMA CGM, PIL and Gold Star Line (part of the Zim group).
The new WA1 service will deploy 12 vessels on a weekly frequency and 84 day rotation. It is expected that the average weekly service capacity will be 3,250 TEU, as 8 vessels are yet to be nominated. The service will be inaugurated on 2nd June by the vessel MOL SEABREEZE from Shang- hai.
WA1: Shanghai - Ningbo - Hong Kong - Nansha - Singapore - Lagos (Tin Can and Apapa) - Tema - Lome - Abidjan - Singapore – Shanghai