Israeli shipping line Zim Integrated Shipping Services is separately adding calls at the Chinese ports of Qingdao and Xiamen on two Asia-Europe services, according to the Shipping Gazette.
According to a report by the Asian Shipper, the carrier said it will add a port of call at Qingdao on its EMX service, effective from December 29. However, American Shipper affiliate ComPair Data maintains the service already calls at Qingdao, it said.
The new port rotation for the EMX service is: Qingdao, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Da Chan Bay, Port Klang, Colombo, Haifa, Ashdod, Istanbul, Novorossiysk, Constanta, Istanbul, Haifa, Nhava Sheva, Colombo, Port Klang and back to Qingdao.
The report noted that ComPair Data shows the service is operated with 10 Zim vessels with an average capacity of 4,313 TEU. Grand Alliance carriers Hapag-Lloyd, NYK Container Line and OOCL, as well as China Shipping take slots on the service.
In addition, Zim said it will also add an eastbound call at Xiamen on its AME service, starting from December 27. This will give the service a port rotation of Shanghai, Da Chan Bay, Cai Mep, Port Klang, Nhava Sheva, Haifa, Ashdod, Felixtowe, Antwerp, Hamburg, Alexandria, Limassol, Haifa, Ashdod, Port Klang, Xiamen and Shanghai.
The AME is operated with 11 Zim vessels averaging 3,593 TEU. Zim's Asia subsidiary Gold Star Line takes slots on the service.