New World Alliance realigns Asia calls

New World Alliance realigns Asia calls

The New World Alliance on Tuesday announced it will resume its pre-winter trans-Pacific deployment next month, which involves a reconfiguration of its port rotations.

The alliance, which consists of APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine and MOL, said the new deployment includes the return of the PSV service, as well as port rotation enhancements to several of its existing services. The lines said the changes are being made to ensure that customers continue to receive optimum service coverage, frequency, and options.

The carriers will redeploy the PSV (South China/Los Angeles Express) service, commencing with the eastbound sailing of the APL Cairo from Hong Kong on June 6 and the westbound sailing of the APL Cairo from Los Angeles on June 23. In 2003, the PSV was deployed during the summer months to provide additional space and service during the busy peak season. The alliance said it expects the PSV to remain a permanent, year-round service. The PSV port rotation will be: Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Kaohsiung, and return to Los Angeles.

The eastbound call at Chiwan will be dropped from the SAX port rotation (eastbound Chiwan call will be covered by the PSV service). Commencing with the sailing of the APL Scotland, Voyage 126E, the new SAX port rotation will be: Los Angeles, Oakland, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Laem Chabang, Singapore, and return to Los Angeles.

The PS2 rotation will eliminate a call at Kaohsiung. Commencing with the sailing of the APL Thailand, Voyage 076E, the new PS2 port rotation will be: Los Angeles, Oakland, Dutch Harbor, Yokohama, Busan, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Yantian, and return to Los Angeles.

The PS3 port rotation will skip the call at Hong Kong and reverse the positions of the Ningbo and Shanghai calls. PS3 currently calls Ningbo prior to Shanghai. Commencing with the sailing of the MOL Endeavor , Voyage 012E, PS3 will call at Shanghai prior to Ningbo. The new PS3 port rotation will be: Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe, Shanghai, Ningbo, Kobe, Tokyo, and return to Los Angeles.

There will be no changes made to the alliance's remaining trans-Pacific West Coast services, PS1, GCX, PSW, and PNW or to its trans-Pacific all-water East Coast services, NYX and APX .

The alliance will continue to operate 10 fixed-day weekly services in the trans-Pacific trade. Eight services (SAX, PS1, PS2, PS3, GCX, PSV, PSW, PNW) will call the North America West Coast and two services (NYX, APX) will offer all-water service between Asia, Panama, and U.S. East Coast.

The alliance also operates two fixed-day services in the trans-Atlantic trade and three fixed-day services in the Asia-Europe trade. The alliance coordinates some 100 containerships in the major East-West container trades.