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Members of the G6 Alliance announced today that their ground-breaking cooperation in Asia-Europe Service shall begin operation in the first week of March ??? one month ahead of schedule.


???We are eager to roll out our competitive products to benefit customers offering a comprehensive and increased coverage of 40 ports in the Asia-Europe market with more sailing frequency,??? the members said in a statement.  ???Customer response to the G6 Alliance is strong, the latest economic condition in the trade supports the timing of the launch, and we are ready to meet the market???s expectations.???


The G6 Alliance, serving the Asia-to-Europe-and-Mediterranean market was announced last December.  The G6 Alliance members are the carriers in the Grand Alliance and New World Alliance: APL, Hapag-Lloyd AG, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line.


The G6 Alliance will launch six services between Asia andNorth Europein the first week of March.  Those serving Japanese ports will commence after completion of consultations with the Japan Harbor Transportation Association and labor unions.


A seventh service will follow when it can be supported by sustainable trade conditions.  The service will provide direct coverage to theBohaiBayports inDalianand Xingang.     


The G6 Alliance will continue the existing Asia-Mediterranean Express Service (EUM)  and will also launch a new Asia-Black Sea Express service (ABX) in the first week of April. 


The base-plan port rotation of the G6 Alliance loops is as follows, subject to the confirmation of berth availability:



Kobe ??? Nagoya ??? Shimizu ??? Tokyo ??? Hong Kong ??? Cai Mep ??? Singapore ??? Jeddah ??? Rotterdam - Hamburg ??? Southampton ??? Le Havre ??? Singapore ??? Hong Kong ??? Kobe



To be finalized



Shanghai ???Ningbo??? South China ???Singapore??? Tangier ???Rotterdam???Bremerhaven???Gdansk- Gothenburg ???Rotterdam??? Jeddah ???Singapore??? South China ??? Hong Kong -Shanghai



Ningbo ??? Shanghai ??? South China ??? Singapore ??? Southampton - Hamburg ??? Rotterdam ??? Singapore ??? South China ??? Ningbo



Kwangyang ??? Pusan ??? Shanghai ??? South China ??? Singapore - Rotterdam - Hamburg ??? Thamesport ??? Singapore ??? Kwangyang



Kaohsiung ??? Xiamen ??? South China ??? Hong Kong - Singapore ??? Colombo ??? Southampton - Antwerp ??? Hamburg ??? Rotterdam ??? Jebel Ali ??? Singapore ??? South China ??? Kaohsiung



Qingdao ??? Shanghai ??? Hong Kong - South China ??? Singapore ??? Salalah ??? Le Havre ??? Rotterdam - Hamburg ??? Southampton ??? Tangier ??? Salalah ??? Singapore ??? South China ??? Qingdao


ABX Service

Ningbo - Shanghai ??? South China ??? Hong Kong ??? Singapore ??? Port Said ??? Ashdod ??? Istanbul ??? Constanza - Odessa ??? Istanbul ??? Ashdod ??? Port Said ??? Singapore ??? Ningbo


EUM Service

Pusan ??? Shanghai ??? Ningbo ??? South China ??? Hong Kong ??? Singapore ??? Port Klang ??? Jeddah ??? Damietta ??? Genoa ??? FOS Sur Mer ??? Barcelona ??? Valencia ??? Damietta ??? Jeddah ??? Singapore ??? Hong Kong ??? Pusan