Wednesday, February 14, 2018

THE Alliance relents

After announcing that Halifax would be left out of THE Alliance's AL6 loop in favour of Baltimore starting in April, the line has apparently relented and re-instated the old port rotation.

This will mean that the four K-Line ships serving the loop will continue to call at Cerescorp's terminal at Fairview Cove. Starting in Italy, and calling in Spain and France, the ships make Halifax the first North American stop, then go on to New York, Norfolk and Savannah before returning to the Mediterranean.

Brotonne Bridge is the only one of the four ships built in 2010. 

The four  five ships on the loop, Brotonne Bridge, Bilbao Bridge, Brevik Bridge, Berlin Bridge and Budapest Bridge are 4526 TEU sister ships built by Samsung in 2010-2011.

Although THE Alliance members HAPAG-Lloyd, MOL, NYK, Yang Ming and K-Line operate the service, non-member ZIM also contributes containers.
HAPAG-Lloyd also owns UASC (United Arab Shipping Corp). The Japanese container lines NYK, MOL and K-Line are also merging their operations this year, but how that will play out is still in the wind. NYK owns Cerescorp.


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