Five carriers will increase capacity on their joint Far East-Mexico-WCSA service to meet increased demand volumes due to the Southern Hemisphere fruit export season, according to the Shipping Gazette.
In November 2011, the alliance of Hamburg Sud, CCNI, Hanjin Shipping, Hyundai Merchant Marine and China Shipping reduced the three loops they previously offered to one and cut back on vessel size from overall weekly vessel capacity of 9,500 during slow season.
They will restore the loops, but boost overall weekly capacity to 11,000 TEU.
Sling 1 will have the following rotation: Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen-Yantian, Hong Kong, Busan, Manzanillo (Mex), Balboa, Buenaventura, Guayaquil, Puerto Angamos (Mejillones), Valparaiso, San Vicente, Manzanillo (Mex) and back to Busan. It will deploy 11 ships in the 4,250 to 5,500 TEU range operated by Hamburg Sud.
Port rotation for Sling 2 will be: Keelung, Hong Kong, Shenzhen-Shekou, Xiamen, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan, Manzanillo (Mex), Lazaro Cardenas, Callao, Iquique, Puerto Angamos (Mejillones), Valparaiso and back to Keelung. It will deploy 11 ships in the 4,250 to 5,500 TEU range replacing 10 vessels of 3,400-4,600 TEU by all carriers except Hamburg Sud.