New World Alliance plans Euro-Asia service

New World Alliance plans Euro-Asia service

The New World Alliance -- APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine and MOL -- is introducing a new weekly Asia-Europe service in mid-July with CMA CGM and Norasia in response to growing customer demand.

The SCX will deploy seven vessels ranging in nominal capacity from 4,600 TEUs to 5,500 TEUs. On behalf of TNWA, APL will provide four ships and CMA CGM and Norasia will contribute two and one, respectively.

The SCX port rotation will be Hong Kong, Chiwan, Singapore, Salalah, Zeebrugge, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Singapore, Hong Kong.

"Our ships have been full on this trade for some time and customers have been telling us they need more connections -- particularly between South China and Europe," said Ken Glenn, APL's Vice President for the Asia-Europe Trade, in announcement.

"Launching the SCX alongside carriers who are already in the trade is a logical step. It allows us to meet our customers' demands without each carrier having to launch services individually. This approach also enables APL to maximize the use of our assets and our network," he said.

The South China focus of the SCX complements other new World Alliance services such as the Asia Europe Express (AEX), Japan Europe Express (JEX) and China Europe Express (CEX), which provide customers with competitive connections between destinations in North Asia, including China, and Europe. In addition, the service connects the Indian Sub-continent with Europe via the Middle East port of Salalah.