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G6 Alliance Announces Asia–Europe Coverage Enhancements

In response to market demand, members of the G6 Alliance today announced the below enhancements, which will improve Asia–Europe transit time as well as coverage.

NYK will continue to make every effort to improve its quality and reliability to respond to the diversifying needs of customers.

(1) Additional Gdansk call

The Loop 7 service will be extended to serve the Baltic market directly by adding calls at the ports of Gdansk. The new port rotation will be as follows:

Qingdao – Shanghai (Yangshan) – Hong Kong – Yantian – Singapore – Rotterdam – Hamburg – Gdansk– Southampton – Singapore – Yantian – Qingdao

Effective from the following voyage: Hong Kong Express HGX 011W27, ETA Qingdao June 29, 2015, ETA Gdansk August 10, 2015

 

(2) Port Said WB call on Loop 4 service

The Loop 4 service will be adjusted to serve the Port Said westbound call. The new port rotation is below.

Ningbo – Shanghai (Yangshan) – Yantian – Singapore – Port Said – Le Havre – Southampton – Hamburg – Rotterdam – Port Said – Jeddah – Singapore – Hong Kong – Ningbo

Effective from the following voyage: Shanghai Express HAI 011W27, ETA Ningbo July 3, 2015

 

The G6 Alliance continues to offer a variety of services between Asia and Europe covering all major port pairs with weekly sailings, and will make service adjustments where necessary. The G6 Alliance also offers services on the Asia–North America and Transatlantic trade lanes.

The G6 Alliance members include APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha, and Orient Overseas Container Line.

 

KNOT Concludes Time-Charter Contract for New Shuttle Tankers

Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS (KNOT; headquarters: Haugesund, Norway), of which NYK has a 50 percent share, has concluded a time-charter contract with Brazil Shipping 1 Limited, a subsidiary of the U.K. energy supplier BG GROUP PLC. This contract is for a maximum 20-year period starting from the second quarter of 2017 and follows the time-charter contracts that were concluded in September 2014 for two shuttle tankers.*  

The new contract aims to use a 158,000 DWT Suezmax tankers built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. and equipped with enhanced dynamic-positioning systems to shuttle crude oil processed in waters off Brazil. BG GROUP PLC owns interests in oil and gas fields in the waters off Brazil and is one of the major players in this area.

 Upon commencement of this tanker contract, the KNOT Group will have 32 shuttle tankers in operation or on order.

In accordance with its medium-term management plan “More Than Shipping 2018,” NYK will continue its efforts to provide stable and economical energy transport services, such as those that are part of the company’s shuttle tanker and offshore business.

* Shuttle tanker

Also called a “floating pipeline,” a shuttle tanker loads crude oil from floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) units in deepwater fields while maintaining a certain distance in the ocean, and then transports the oil to crude-oil storage units or petroleum storage stations on land.

In response to market demand, members of the G6 Alliance announced the below enhancements, which will improve Asia – North America (Pacific Southwest) transit time as well as coverage. NYK will continue to make every effort to improve its quality and ability to respond to the diversifying needs of customers.

 

(1) Additional Pusan call to CC2 (Central China 2) Service

 

The CC2 service will be upgraded to include a permanent Pusan call. Transit times from other origins will remain unchanged. The new port rotation will be as follows:

Ningbo – Shanghai – Pusan – Long Beach – Ningbo

Effective from the following voyage: OOCL Kuala Lumpur OKL 075E, ETA Ningbo June 28, 2015, and ETA Long Beach July 16, 2015

 

(2) Additional Kaohsiung call to SC1 (South China 1) Service

The SC1 service will be upgraded to include an additional eastbound Kaohsiung call. The new port rotation will be as follows:

Xiamen – Chiwan – Yantian – Kaohsiung – Los Angeles – Oakland – Kaohsiung - Xiamen

Effective from the following voyage: APL Houston AHT 008E, ETA Xiamen July 1, 2015, and ETA Los Angeles July, 20, 2015

 

The G6 Alliance offers a variety of services between Asia and Europe, between Asia and North America, and across the Atlantic covering all major port pairs with weekly sailings.

The G6 Alliance members include APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha, and Orient Overseas Container Line.