HAPAG-LLOYD, Ocean Network Express (ONE), and Yang Ming have announced the strategic cooperation with CMA-CGM, Cosco, and OOCL to enhance their Mediterranean-US East Coast service AL6 (Atlantic 6) with the aim to deliver a more efficient and comprehensive service quality.
The improved service is consolidating the AL6 service (operated by Hapag-Lloyd, ONE and Yang Ming), and the Amerigo service (operated by Cosco, CMA-CGM and OOCL) into one larger loop with a deployment of six 8,000-TEU vessels (three by Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, and Yang Ming and the remaining by CMA-CGM and OOCL), according to a joint Hapag-Lloyd and ONE statement.
The newly designed port rotation for the service will be La Spezia, Genoa, Fos, Barcelona, Valencia, New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Miami, Algeciras and La Spezia.
The Italian port of Livorno, on the west coast of Tuscany, will no longer be covered by the enhanced Mediterranean-US East Coast Service. However, Hapag-Lloyd, ONE and Yang Ming will be able to offer services via Livorno on a redesigned ZIM-operated AL7 service in due course, which is part of the continuing cooperation between THE Alliance and ZIM.
The partnership with CMA-CGM, Cosco, and OOCL is slated to begin in December 2018 and subject to regulatory approval.