ZIM Rio Grande, a new 4250 TEU’s vessel build in Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Korea, has been delivered to ZIM at Koje, Korea, on July 6th, 2008.
ZIM Rio Grande is the first out of a series of 8 similar long-term chartered newly-built vessels, to be delivered over the coming months, with the 8th vessel scheduled for delivery on June 2009.
The new vessel is being phased into ZIM’s East-West Express Service (EWX), commencing operation at Shanghai on July 8.
ZIM’s recently introduced East-West Express Service, linking Asia and Europe, now operates 9 x 4250 vessels. As from July 2008, EWX service has added the port of Rotterdam to its rotation, offering excellent transit time of about 27 days from Shanghai to Rotterdam. The service also added the UK port of Southampton (replacing Tilbury) in order to streamline operations and further improve service to customers. EWX rotation is now as follows: Shanghai - Xiamen - Hong Kong - Shekou - Port Klang - Suez - Rotterdam - Bremerhaven - Antwerpen - Southampton, En - Le Havre - Suez - Shanghai.
ZIM East-West Express Service offers short and reliable transit times in this major trade lane, and serves various other Asian and European origins and destination through ZIM's extensive regional services. ZIM offers a total of 7 x weekly services between Asia and Europe, as well as Transpacific services between Asia and the Americas