Eight vessels of 6,000-TEU capacity — three operated by APL and five by PIL — will be deployed on the service.
Yesterday Japanese carrier MOL also announced it would start a new weekly China-Middle East next month.
In a joint statement APL and PIL said the Red Sea was an important market for exporters in Central and Southern China and weekly sailings would offer “competitive transit times”, despite transshipping in Singapore.
The first vessel will leave Shanghai on June 21, and the service will have the following rotation: Shanghai – Ningbo – Xiamen – Chiwan – Nansha – Singapore – Djibouti – Aden – Jeddah – Sukhna – Aqaba – Djibouti – Singapore – Nansha – Shanghai.
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