CKYH to start Asia loops in spring
CKYH Alliance carriers are due to introduce two strings from Asia in April and May, according to the maritime news service Alphaliner.
One will be a sixth Asia/northern Europe loop, NE-6, to be operated with nine post-Panamax vessels with a rotation of Gwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Singapore, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Singapore and Gwangyang, starting April 2. Alphaliner said the CKYH carriers will adjust the rotation of their NE-5 service to avoid duplication of port calls with the NE-6, with Gwangyang and Busan to be dropped.
Then in May, the alliance will start a sixth Asia/U.S. East Coast service, this one via the Suez Canal. The AWE-6 service will have a rotation of Xiamen, Hong Kong, Yantian, Cai Mep, Singapore, Colombo, New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Jeddah, Singapore and Xiamen. The service will operate with nine ships of 5,000 to 5,700 TEUs, >Alphaliner said. It will be the alliance's second Asia/U.S. East Coast loop to sail via the Suez, with the others going transpacific all-water (though one returns to Asia via the Cape of Good Hope).