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Grand Alliance-ZIM join hands to upgrade ATX service

Grand Alliance-ZIM join hands to upgrade ATX service

Tokyo: Grand Alliance members Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) and Hapag-Lloyd have announced that they plan to upgrade their Atlantic Express (ATX) service between North Europe and North USA, in cooperation with ZIM Integrated Shipping. The service is a continuation of the Grand Alliance's current ATX service and will replacing ZIm's NEX service.

Starting from early March 2008, the ATX service will replace the four 2,800teu vessels currently operating on the route with four 4,000teu vessels, one of which will be provided by ZIM and the others from the Grand Alliance pool. This move is expected to considerably reduce the bunker consumption per slot-mile, offering a more environmentally friendly solution

It will offer weekly calls at the North European ports of Rotterdam, Hamburg, Le-Havre, and Southampton, and the US East Coast ports of New York, Norfolk and Charleston.  [22/01/08]