Cosco Container Lines announced the enhancement of its Far East-Southeast America service through slots on “K” Line’s Asia-Southeast America service. The “K” Line network covers Pusan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou, Hong Kong, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Navegantes, Paranagua, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Busan.
The first sailing under the slot arrangement was from Busan on June 1, 2013.
The new service complements the ESA coverage by Cosco of the Southeast America market, supplies double service at primary ports, such as Santos, Paranagua, Buenos Aires, and Montevideo, and adds a direct service from the Far East to Rio de Janeiro and Navegantes.
Meanwhile, Zim Integrated Shipping Services is realigning its Asia-Europe Express (AEX1) service, which currently deploys nine ships of 8,500 to 10,000 TEUs (20-foot-equivalent units) under a joint operation with CSCL.
From mid-June, the revised AEX1 network will add the ports of Antwerp and Nansha and will have the following rotation: Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Felixstowe, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Nansha, and Shanghai.
The first sailing under the new alignment is MV Xin Ya Zhou departing from Shanghai on June 12.
Zim will deploy three 10,000-TEU ships on this route.