Members of the G6 container shipping alliance today (3 December) announced plans to expand cooperation to the Asia-North America West Coast and Trans-Atlantic trade lanes.
The G6 Alliance said the expanded cooperation will provide customers with more service choices and increased sailing frequency.
On the Asia-North America West Coast trade, each G6 Alliance member will be able to offer almost twice as many sailings, compared to The New World Alliance and the Grand Alliance, it said.
“The proposed expansion will complement our existing services in the Asia-North America East Coast and Asia-Europe trades, allowing us to deploy the most suitable ship for each loop across the trades,” member carriers said in a statement. “With greater service flexibility and operational synergies, the G6 Alliance will have an even more resilient and robust network – giving shippers a wider coverage area and shorter transit times without reducing the total capacity.”
The G6 Alliance plans to deploy 76 ships across 12 services connecting 27 Asian and US West Coast ports. Another 42 ships will be deployed across five services including two pendulum services in the Trans-Atlantic trade lane calling at 25 ports covering the US East Coast, US West Coast, Canada, Panama, Mexico, Netherlands, UK, France, Belgium and Germany.
With this step, the G6 Alliance will provide a network comprising all East-West trade lanes deploying a total of about 240 vessels connecting 66 Asian, US and European ports, it said in the statement.
The new services are scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2014, pending regulatory approval. Details on services and port rotations will be announced at a later date.
The G6 Alliance was formed in late 2011 and began operation in March 2012 in the Asia-Europe and Mediterranean trade. The cooperation expanded to the trade lane between Asia and North America East Coast in May 2013.
The G6 Alliance members comprise APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line.