CKYH Alliance merging loops into Mediterranean Asia America Pendulum
The CKYH Alliance comprising COSCO Container Lines, “K” Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin Shipping, will from mid-July merge two loops in the Asia/Mediterranean and transpacific trades to create a single Mediterranean Asia America Pendulum (MAP) service.
MAP will be created through the combination of the China Mediterranean Express (CMX), which uses seven ships averaging just under 4,000 TEUs, and the Pacific Southwest (PAS), which deploys six ships averaging 5,050 TEUs.
The new loop will use 12 ships ranging from 4,500 TEUs to 5,500 TEUs and have a port rotation of Port Said, Napoli, La Spezia, Barcelona, Port Kelang, Singapore, Hong Kong, Yantian, Osaka, Tokyo, Long Beach, Oakland, Tokyo, Osaka, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Singapore, and back to Port Said.
“The launch of this new pendulum service will enable a direct service from Korea and Japan to the Mediterranean and is expected to improve service competitiveness by enhancing schedule reliability,” the carriers said in a joint statement.