The CKYH alliance, which comprises "K" Line, Yang Ming, Cosco, and Hanjin Shipping, announced today that it will drop one vessel as part of a restructuring of its AWE-3 all-water service from Asia to the U.S. East Coast.
The change will reduce fleet deployment from nine to eight vessels.
The revised AWE-3, which will commence this April, will deploy 3,300-TEU vessels. The port rotation will be: Kaoshiung, Hong Kong, Yantian, Pusan, Savannah, Ga., New York, Wilmington,N.C., Savannah, and Kaoshiung.
The reconfigured service eliminates double calls at Kaoshiung and Hong Kong, so transit times between Asia and the East Coast will be cut. Transit time from Yantian to Savannah will be cut to 23 days from 28 days, and transit time from Yantian to New York will drop from 30 days to 25 days. Transit time from Hong Kong to New York and Savannah will drop by three days.
The consortium said in a statement that its other two all-water services will remain unchanged.