Carriers Upgrade Far East-Africa VSA

Carriers Upgrade Far East-Africa VSA

A four-liner consortium will upgrade their joint vessel-sharing agreement between the Far East and South and West Africa to a weekly service in August, and add an additional Singapore call on west and eastbound legs.

China Shipping Container Lines, Hapag-Lloyd, “K” Line and NYK Line will deploy a total of 11 vessels with capacities of 2,500 20-foot equivalent units to upgrade the VSA to a weekly service, starting from Shanghai on Aug. 23.

“K” Line said the addition of calls at Singapore will provide wider connections to feeders to other Southeast Asian countries.

The enhanced service is part of a trend by carriers to expand services to Africa, which they regard as a growth market, especially for commodities.

Of this total, “K” Line will deploy two vessels, China Shipping, four, Hapag-Lloyd, two, and NYK Line, which is joining the service, will provide the remaining three.

The enhanced Far East-Africa VSA will have a 77-day round-trip voyage on the following rotation: Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Shekou, Singapore, Port Kelang, Durban, Tema, Lome, Cotonou, Tincan Island, Durban, Port Kelang, Singapore, and back to Shanghai.

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