APL, ANL, Hanjin Shipping Launch Joint Asia-Australasia Service (JULY 19, 2013)   
APL, ANL and Hanjin Shipping are joining forces to offer a new weekly service covering Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

The service New Zealand-Asia Express or NAX for APL, Kiwi International Express or KIX for ANL and Asia-Australia-New Zealand or AAZ for Hanjin Shipping is scheduled to launch on Sept. 1, 2013. It will operate through a vessel sharing agreement. The three partners will each contribute two container ships and allocate a combined capacity of up to 2,200 20-foot-equivalent units for every weekly sailing.

The port rotation will be as follows: Singapore; Port Klang, Malaysia; Brisbane and Sydney, Australia; Auckland and Tauranga, New Zealand; Brisbane again; and back to Singapore. The service will commence its first southbound sailing from Singapore on Sept. 1 and the first northbound sailing from Auckland on Sept. 24.

The new weekly service will provide more competitive options to shippers moving dry and [refrigerated] cargoes between New Zealand, Australia, Asia and beyond; particularly New Zealand reefer exports destined for key Asian markets, the VSA partners said in a joint announcement. We are confident that trade between these markets will continue to expand and we look forward to supporting their growth with our new service offering.

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DATE: JUL 16, 2013