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ASS consortium reduces North East Asia to Australia capacity

Seoul: AAS Consortium partners APL, Hamburg Süd, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine and Evergreen have announced a reduction to capacity in the trade between North East Asia and Australia with immediate effect due to deteriorating market conditions.

The total nominal AAS capacity will be reduced by 3,200teu per week in the period from 1st February through to June 2009. This is to be achieved by idling the AAS Southern loop during this period. The AAS Northern loop will be adjusted in scope to cover the Taiwan, South China and Hong Kong markets.

The revised service structure will have the following rotation: Busan - Qingdao - Shanghai - Ningbo - Kaohsiung - Yantian - Hong Kong - Melbourne - Sydney - Brisbane - Kaohsiung - Busan

The Japanese market will continue to be served through separate individual arrangements. The revised service will be operated with six modern vessels of 3,600teu nominal capacity.

"The AAS Consortium partners will review the trade prospects in June 2009," consortium member Hamburg Süd said in a statement to the press. "Should the trade situation improve sufficiently to warrant additional capacity the AAS Southern loop will be re-established."  [23/01/09]

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