Four shipping lines that share vessels in trans-Atlantic routes announced Wednesday the addition of a 10th ship to their service between U.S. ports and North Europe.
The move is set for Jan. 1. It is aimed at insuring that Sea-Land Service Inc., Compagnie Generale Maritime, Nedlloyd Lines BV and P&O Containers Ltd. maintain their weekly sailing frequency in both directions.As previously reported, Sea-Land had been considering moving a ship from a separate Mediterranean service to the North Europe route, as an outgrowth of a new ship-sharing pact for the Mediterranean trade that was announced Nov. 19. That pact resulted in the removal of two ships from the Mediterranean route, including one operated by Sea-Land.
"This redeployment underscores the carriers' dedication to meeting shippers' needs and the requirements of the trade," a joint statement from the four lines said.