Carriers halt Black Sea service
Member carriers of the New World and the Grand alliances on Monday indefinitely suspended their joint Black Sea service, the EBX (East-Mediterranean/Black Sea Express).
The EBX has been operating since mid-June 2008 with eight 5,000-TEU ships, according to a release from the carriers. Alliance member carriers APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine and MOL are members of the New World Alliance while Grand Alliance carriers are Hapag-Lloyd, MISC Berhad, NYK Line and OOCL.
According to ComPair Data, the EBX has been employing seven ships with an average capacity of 5,105 TEUs, with APL, Hyundai, MOL, MISC and OOCL each providing one ship. Port rotation has been Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Shekou, Singapore, Istanbul, Constanta, Odessa, Constanta, Istanbul, Damietta, Jeddah, Singapore, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong and Shekou. The last westbound sailing of the EBX will depart Shanghai on Feb. 12.