OOCL saids its new service, the North China/Pusan/Southeast Asia Service (NPS), will be established in January as part of its existing Intra-Asia network.
The new service route will deploy four box ships of the 2,200- to 2,500-TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) category and commence on January 27, 2015, with the inaugural sailing from Singapore.
The NPS service is intended to supplement the Hong Kong-listed shipping line’s Northeast Asia-Southeast Asia service network by covering North China, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Taiwan.
“Together with our other intra-Asia services, OOCL can provide a more competitive service network in meeting the needs of our customers trading in the Far East,” a company release said.
On the other hand, CMA CGM received delivery of the CMA CGM Tigris, the fourth of a series of 28 ships of a 9,400- to 10,900-TEU class which will be delivered from now to the third quarter of 2016, on December 23 in China.
The latest delivery follows in the heels of that of the 10,622-TEU Litani, delivered December 3 and the third in the series. Last June, the group received the delivery of the first vessel of this series: the Danube. Each vessel of this one-of-a-kind series will be named after a famous river of the world.
The Tigris, to be a chartered bareboat sailing under the Malta flag, measures 300 meters in length and 48 meters in width.
It will be positioned on the SEAS2 Line, and operated on the following rotation: Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Port Klang, Santos, Paranagua, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio Grande, Itapoa, Santos, Durban, Port Klang, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.