The three carriers that belong to the AAUS Group — APL, Hamburg Sud, Hapag-Lloyd and Hyundai Merchant Marine — are teaming up with Maersk Line to add a peak-season service string to the two services they operate on the trade between East Asia and Australia.
The AAUS carriers said they are adding a third loop with Maersk Line to meet the demand for southbound volume during peak season on that route.
The string will be operated with five vessels with an average effective capacity of 2,400 TEUs per week. Hamburg Sud will provide two vessels and APL, Hapag-Lloyd and Hyundai Merchant Marine one vessel each.
Maersk Line will charter slots from the AAUS Group.
The combined service package will provide port coverage on the Northern Loop of: Yokohama, Osaka, Pusan, Qingdao, Shanghai (Yangshan), Ningbo, Sydney, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and back to Yokohama.
Southern Loop: Kaohsiung, Chiwan, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and back to Kaohsiung.
Peak Season String: Shanghai (Waigaoqiao), Yantian, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and back to Shanghai (Waigaoqiao).
The AAUS carriers said they also will individually review the need for additional capacity as the service is being implemented to cover increased volumes during the peak season.