APL (CMA CGM Group) and TS Lines will introduce in mid-March a weekly Intra-Asia joint service connecting China and Southern Vietnam. This new service will be marketed as ‘North China Express 2’ (NCX2 – See details) service by both carriers and APL will advertise it through its Intra-Asia brand CNC (APL-CNC).
The ‘NCX 2’ service will call at Xingang, Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shekou, Ho Chi Minh City (Cat Lai), Hong Kong, Xingang. It will turn in three weeks using three vessels of around 2,800 teu, with TS Lines contributing the freshly-chartered 2,824 teu AS CLEMENTINA and APL-CNC contributing two vessels, the freshly chartered 2,702 teu X-PRESS KYBHER and another yet to be named vessel. The service first effective sailings is scheduled on 18 March from Xingang with the AS CLEMENTINA.
The ‘NCX2’ service will complement APL-CNC and TS Lines existing joint service currently marketed as ‘NCX’ service that offers an almost identical rotation with the exception of ‘NCX’ calling at Lianyungang while the ‘NCX2’ will call at Shanghai. The two weekly sailings between North China and Southern Vietnam will provide their shippers with better schedule flexibility in arranging their shipments.
(Source : Press release / Alphaliner)