New and upgraded ocean services

New and upgraded ocean services

Safmarine offers additional capacity on its Asia-East Coast South America service; K-Line launches a new direct service from the Far East to West Africa and upgrades its Asia-Mexico/West Coast South America service.

Safmarine has confirmed it will upgrade its Asia-East Coast South America (ASAS) service to cater for peak season demand.

Effective this month, the ASAS service will be operated by two strings that have been coordinated to provide the most complete coverage in the Asia-East Coast South America trade, with fast transit-times between key port pairs.

Safmarine is a slot charterer on the ASAS service (operated by Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd) and has successfully secured slots on both strings, which will operate for the months leading up to the December festive season.

This new arrangement enables Safmarine to offer a new, direct product to and from Da Chan Bay and Ningbo in the Far East and Itajai on the East Coast of South America. K-Line also expects certain improvements in schedule reliability and transit times.

The second string will deploy ten 2,100 TEU vessels. South Africa coverage will be transferred from the current ASAS service onto String 2 during this peak loader period, with calls in Durban and Port Elizabeth.

The upgraded ASAS service will operate as follows until the end of peak season (week 44), before returning to a single string configuration:

String 1:

  • Nagoya > Yokohama > Pusan > Shanghai > Hong Kong > Tanjung Pelepas > Singapore > Sepetiba > Santos > Buenos Aires > Rio Grande > Navegantes > Paranagua > Santos > Singapore > Hong Kong > Nagoya.
  • The first vessel westbound leaves Singapore on July 12th, the first vessel eastbound laves Santos on August 11th.

String 2:

  • Shanghai > Ningbo > Da Chan Bay > Hong Kong > Singapore > Tanjung Pelepas > Durban > Santos > Itajai > Port Elizabeth > Durban > Shanghai.
  • The first vessel westbound leaves Singaport on July 12th, the first vessel eastbound leaves Santos on August 10th.

K-Line has announced the launch of a new direct service from Far East to West Africa.

K-Line currently provides a feeder service from South Africa to West Africa using transhipment from the Far East to South Africa. This new service, jointly operated by K-Line, China Shipping and Hapag-Lloyd, will provide a faster transit time with direct service from the Far East to West Africa.

A total of eight 2,500 TEU vessels will be deployed:  three from K-Line, four from China Shipping and once from Hapag-Lloyd covering a seventy-day round voyage.

Port rotation: Shanghai > Ningbo > Xiamen > Shekou > Port Kelang > Durban (South Africa) > Tema (Ghana) > Lome (Togo) > Cotonou (Benin) > Tincan Island (Nigeria) > Durban > Port Kelang > Shanghai.

The first voyage departs from Shanghai on July 21st.

K-Line has also announced the upgrading of its Asia-Mexico/West Coast South America (WCSA) service through cooperation with Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK).

K-Line currently operates one weekly sailing jointly with MOL in the name of "NEW ANDES", with ten 2,000 TEU vessels. Effective July 22nd, the service will be upgraded to two weekly sailings under the new cooperation by the three lines.

Loop 1:

  • 70-day turnaround by ten x 2,800 – 3,600 TEU vessels
  • Port rotation: Keelung – Hong Kong – Da Chan Bay – Xiamen – Shanghai – Busan – Manzanillo(Mexico) – Callao – Iquique – Valparaiso – Lirquen – Callao – Manzanillo – Yokohama – Keelung

Loop 2:

  • 63-day turnaround by nine x 2,000 – 2,100 TEU vessels
  • Port rotation: Busan > Shanghai > Ningbo > Nagoya > Yokohama > Manzanillo (Mexico) > Buenaventura > Guayaquil > Manzanillo > Tokyo > Busan

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