Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express, and Yang Ming have announced a strategic cooperation with CMA-CGM, COSCO, and Orient Overseas Container Line to enhance their Mediterranean – U.S. East Coast service Atlantic 6 (AL6). The aim of this cooperation is to deliver a more efficient and comprehensive service quality.
The improved service is consolidating the AL6 service, operated by Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express and Yang Ming, and the Amerigo service, operated by COSCO, CMA-CGM and OOCL into one larger loop with a deployment of six 8,000-TEU vessels. Three vessels will be managed by Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express, and Yang Ming and the remaining by CMA-CGM and OOCL. The newly designed port rotation for the service will be La Spezia – Genoa – Fos – Barcelona – Valencia – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Miami – Algeciras – La Spezia.
Livorno will no longer be covered by the enhanced Mediterranean – U.S. East Coast Service. However, Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express and Yang Ming will be able to offer services via Livorno on a redesigned ZIM-operated AL7 service in due course, which is part of the continuing cooperation between The Alliance and ZIM.
The partnership with CMA-CGM, COSCO, and OOCL is slated to begin on December 1, 2018. With this change, the member lines aim to provide customers with an improved and more competitive service.
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