Source: Lloyd’s List
December 7th 2016
The Alliance has made upgrades to its upcoming Mediterranean to North America east coast offering, with a number of ports in Spain allocated to another service.
The AL 6 service’s port rotation will see Barcelona, Tarragona, Valencia and Algeciras handled through Zim’s existing Mediterranean to North America route and branded as AL 7.
Meanwhile, the Italian ports of Salerno, Livorno, La Spezia and Genoa as well as France’s Fos will stay under the AL 6 offering.
As such, the new port rotation for AL 6 is as follows: Salerno, Livorno, La Spezia, Genoa, Fos, Halifax, New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Salerno.
AL 7 will have port coverage of: Barcelona, Tarragona, Valencia, Algeciras, Halifax, New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Valencia, Tarragona, Barcelona.
The Alliance has scheduled both offerings to begin at the start of April 2017 along with its entire new network lineup.
“By differentiating the port coverage within the Mediterranean, the members of The Alliance will offer their customers superior transit times between the two important regions US/Canada and Mediterranean,” Alliance member K Line said in a statement.
Comprising Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, MOL, NYK Line and Yang Ming Marine, The Alliance is looking to deploy over 240 vessels in the Asia-Europe, North Atlantic and transpacific trade routes including the Middle East and the Red Sea.
The new network will encompass more than 24 Asian ports, including 10 Chinese and five Japanese ones with direct calls, 20 ports in North America, six north European ports, 13 Mediterranean ports, six Middle Eastern ports and six in Central America/Caribbean.
“The final and precise port rotations of all 32 services of The Alliance will be announced soon,” said K Line.