Adapting to the low season and in response to weak trade flows between Asia and Europe, the shipping alliance G6 has decided to take a temporary winter break for Loop 3 – the loop that includes the Port of Gothenburg. The final vessel before the break will leave Shanghai on October 6 and is expected to call at the Port of Gothenburg on November 12.
It was in April this year that G6 started a direct deep sea service between the Port of Gothenburg and China. Up to now, volumes in Sweden have been good and the service has developed well in Gothenburg.
"Swedish exports remain strong, particularly to destinations outside Europe. However, global economic uncertainty has obviously had an impact on the shipping companies, many of which have been forced to reschedule their loops and reduce capacity. We hope that the market turns around and that the deep sea service can restart as soon as possible," says Claes Sundmark, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, at the Port of Gothenburg.
Loop 3 is as follows: Shanghai – Ningbo – Shekou – Singapore – Le Havre – Rotterdam –Bremerhaven – Gothenburg – Rotterdam – Jeddah – Singapore – Shekou – Hong Kong – Shanghai.
During the break in the deep sea service, G6 will continue to offer a service from Gothenburg but exactly what form this will take has yet to be decided.
The G6 alliance is made up of the following shipping companies: APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine, MOL (Mitsui O.S.K Lines), Hapag-Lloyd AG, NYK (Nippon Yusen Kaisha) and OOCL (Orient Overseas Container Line).