MOL Modifies Asia-US Service

The New World Alliance (TNWA) carriers announced a revised Asia-US East Coast service, which will include the Grand Alliance (GA) lines. Beginning December 3, 2008, Grand Alliance carriers joined TNWA's New York Express (NYX) service.

TNWA members Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), APL and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and Grand Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) joined the NYX service, which expanded from an eight-ship loop to a nine-ship loop, with TNWA providing five ships and the Grand Alliance supplying four.

The revised NYX service will make an additional westbound call at Los Angeles and an eastbound stop at Shekou.

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The revised port rotation is Shanghai, Shekou, Yantian, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, (Panama Canal), Manzanillo, New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Miami, Manzanillo, (Panama Canal),Balboa, Los Angeles, Pusan and Shanghai.

The revised NYX service will continue to be complemented by TNWA’s other Asia-US East Coast services via the Panama Canal–the ESX service and the APX (CNY) service.

The lines noted the service changes had been made to adjust capacity to significantly lower demand.

On US West Coast services, TNWA carriers have already taken an action in mid-October for winter rationalisation, which is to temporally combine the PS3 service and the PCX service, and suspend the PSW service.

In other news, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) President Akimitsu Ashida announced the appointment of COMARSHIP S.A. as a new agency for its liner services in Morocco, an area he described as experiencing rapid growth.

COMARSHIP has a strong business base at Morocco’s major ports such as Casablanca, Agadir, and Tangier.

“Morocco is a location that is regularly requested by our customers,” explains Jochen Veldmann, executive director of trade, MOL Europe. “As a global carrier we look to offer high quality and reliable services to our customers in as many locations as possible.”
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