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Grand Alliance upgrades Central China Express Service

Grand Alliance upgrades Central China Express Service

Shanghai: Grand Alliance member lines Hapag-Lloyd, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) have revealed that they are to restructure and upgrade their Central China Express Service (CCX) from next month.  

Effective from August, 2007, the service which will now use four 5,500tteu vessels will follow the port rotation Ningbo - Shanghai (calling at the new Yangshan terminal) - Los Angeles - Ningbo.

In a statement, the Alliance said, "With these changes, the new CCX service will offer a direct call from Shanghai to Los Angeles with the best transit time (10 days) in the industry, which will enhance Grand Alliance's capability in serving the needs of the customers in the fast growing markets."

The Grand Alliance, formed in 1998, is the largest integrated consortium in global container shipping. Its members are Hapag-Lloyd (Germany), MISC Berhad (Malaysia), NYK (Japan) and OOCL (Hong Kong). MISC Berhad does not provide any Transpacific services. [19/07/07]