AAS Consortium cuts Asian route

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Carl Collen

BY CARL COLLEN

AAS Consortium cuts Asian route

The five-strong group has reduced the capacity on its North East Asia-Australia service

AAS Consortium cuts Asian route

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A revised service has been drawn up by the AAS Consortium for its North East Asia-Australia route that will see capacity reduced by 3,200 TEU per week.

The move, which comes into force from 1 February through to June 2009, is a result of deteriorating market conditions according to AAS partner Hamburg Süd.

Changes will be made by idling the southern loop of the AAS service, with the northern loop adjusted to cover Taiwan, South China and Hong Kong.

The revised rotation will alter to Busan, Qindao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Kaohsiung, Yantian, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Kaohsiung, Busan.

The revised service will be operated with six vessels of 3,600 TEU normal capacity, with the Japanese market served through separate individual arrangements.

AAS Consortium is made up of APL, Hamburg Süd, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine and Evergreen.

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