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Grand Alliance revamps US West Coast services for winter

Grand Alliance revamps US West Coast services for winter

Tokyo: Grand Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd (HL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) are to implement a winter program to their US West Coast services as of as the end of December, 2009 to continue "at least throughout the winter period."

The Central China Express (CCX) service will be temporary replaced by a combined service with the Northwest Express (NWX) service. In the newly combined loop, the Grand Alliance will provide total six 6,200-7,600teu size range vessels.

The port rotation of the NWX during Winter Program will be as follows:
Ningbo / Shanghai / Qingdao / Pusan / Seattle (for Discharge) / Vancouver (for Discharge) / Los Angels / Seattle (for Loading) / Vancouver (for Loading) / Tokyo / Nagoya / Kobe / Pusan / Ningbo

In addition to the above, The Super Shuttle Express (SSX) will provide enhanced coverage including a new call at Shanghai. Grand Alliance will maintain provision of five 7,600teu vessels.

The new port rotation of the SSX during Winter Program will be as follows: Shekou / Yantian / Hong Kong / Kaohsiung / Shanghai / Long Beach / Kaohsiung / Xiamen / Hong Kong / Shekou

The Grand Alliance, formed in 1998, is the leading integrated consortium in global container shipping. Its members are presently Hapag-Lloyd (Germany), NYK (Japan), OOCL (Hong Kong), and MISC Berhad (Malaysia). MISC will withdraw from the Grand Alliance as of January 1, 2010 and is therefore not mentioned in this agreement.   [10/12/09]