The services had been disrupted since March 16 in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11.
The Grand Alliance service operated by Hapag-Lloyd suspended service to Tokyo, Yokohama and Nagoya on March 16. The new notice did not say service had been restored to Tokyo and Yokohama.
OOCL, which is a member of the Grand Alliance along with Hapag-Lloyd and NYK Line, said its own services, KTX 1, 2 and 3, which provide connections to Southeast Asian ports through Japan, continue to operate normally.
The Hong Kong-based carrier said it continues to accept bookings for shipments to and from Japan except for the ports of Sendai, Hitachinaka and Kashima, which were badly damaged by the tsunami.
It said it is “closely monitoring the radiation levels at the Ports of Tokyo, Yokohama and Nagoya and will act upon government advice and recommendations from relevant authorities in reviewing needs to make changes to our operations, including our sailing schedules to and from Japan.”
OOCL said it has not detected any radiation contamination on any container onboard OOCL vessels so far.
As of Tuesday, March 29 the radiation level at the three ports is safe and OOCL vessels will continue to call at the Ports of Tokyo, Yokohama and Nagoya which are over 50 miles away from Fukushima where the radiation contamination is reported.
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