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The CKYH alliance will restructure five of its current Asia-U.S. East Coast loops starting the middle of May 2012.

The alliance, made up of Cosco, “K” Line, Yang Ming, and Hanjin Shipping, will replace its AWE-5 sling, which was suspended during the winter season, with the reinstatement of the AWE-6 loop.

The CKYH group said the changes will “enhance comprehensive service network between Asia [and] U.S. East Coast while offering customers competitive sailing frequency, transit time, and service coverage so as to fulfill customers’ needs.”

The reshuffled details of CKYH’s Asia-U.S. East Coast services are as follows:

The AWE-1 will remain unchanged. It retains its 27-day port rotation calling Ningbo, Shanghai, Pusan, New York, Wilmington, Savannah, Pusan, and Ningbo. The sling has nine vessels with individual capacities of 4,024 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) to be deployed by Hanjin Shipping.

The AWE-2 service, which takes effect from May 15, will have a port rotation of Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yokohama, New York, Boston, Norfolk, and Qingdao. The route will have a 27-day trip and nine vessels of 4,200 to 5,100 TEUs to be operated by Cosco.

The AWE-3 loop will run from May 20 with nine 4,250-TEU vessels deployed by Yang Ming. Its 27-day journey will make stops at Hong Kong, Yantian, Kaohsiung, Shanghai, Pusan, Savannah, Charleston, Wilmington, and Hong Kong.

The AWE-4 will have a port rotation of Ho Chi Minh, Shekou, Hong Kong, Yantian, Singapore, New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Singapore, and Ho Chi Minh. The loop will have a 24-day trip with nine 5,500- to 6,600-TEU vessels, of which six will be deployed by “K” Line, one by Yang Ming,  and two by Hanjin Shipping. First sailing is May 29.

The AWE-6 loop begins on May 18, with a 28-day journey and calls at Yantian, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan, Savannah, Norfolk, Charleston, and back to Yantian. Three ships will be deployed by Cosco, two by “K” Line, one by Yang Ming, and three by Hanjin Shipping for a total of nine 4,000-TEU vessels.


Photo: Hanjin Shipping


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