The Grand Alliance (GA) carriers - Hapag-Lloyd (HL), MISC Berhad (MISC), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) , and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) - announced a revised Asia-West Mediterranean service (EUM), which will include the New World Alliance (NWA) lines - APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).
The NWA will join the GA's EUM service from December 23, 2008 to offer better market coverage including Busan and Valencia. The EUM will be continued with 8 ships of about 6000 TEU size, and the NWA will provide two ships and the GA will provide six ships. Chiwan will be added to the existing EUM service, and the new rotation is Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan, Shekou, Hong Kong, Singapore, Port Klang, Jeddah, Damietta, Genoa, Fos, Barcelona, Valencia, Damietta, Singapore, Hong Kong, Busan.
The service changes have been made to ensure a stable service network and to provide better coverage for customers.