APL today issued a release announcing a new service to Halifax. The G6 Alliance started in March 2012 to provide service in the Asia-to-Europe trade and will now be expanded to cover the Asia-to-North America East Coast trade. The members are: APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line.
The New AZX Service will route from Laem Chabang – Singapore – Colombo – (Suez Canal) – Damietta – Cagliari – Halifax – New York – Savannah – Norfolk – Cagliari – Damietta – (Suez Canal) – Jebel Ali – Singapore – Laem Chabang
The two services AEX (The New World Alliance) and PAX (Grand Alliance) which currently call in Halifax at Fairview Cove will not be affected by the new cooperation and will continue to sail unchanged. These represent the bulk of the Hapag Llyod and OOCL Trafic to Fiariview Cove. The New Service may also cause OOCL and Hapag Lloyd to reshuffle vessels. No word on which pier; Halterm or Fairview Cove the new service will use.
Late yesterday afternoon saw the arrival of Los Angeles Express, On her first call to Halifax. She is another of the Larger class of 6000+teu vessels that hapag Llyod has been rotating into the trans atlantic route. Formerly, these vessels plied the Pacific, and are now the largest Post Panamax vessels to call in Halifax.
Bussan Express is a Hapag Lloyd vessel that is now in the Hapag Lloyd AEX (Asia-Med.-N. America EC Expr.) Service. She is A Post Panamax vessel comparable to the OOCL vessels that operate In Halifax, But is the next size up for typical Hapag Lloyd Vessels (Bellow Dallas Express Left, Bussan Express Right)
Also Serving on the AEX Service Are Italy Express, Canada Express and OOCL Oakland. Its a 35 Day Trip from VUNG TAU to NORFOLK, VA.