Grand Alliance members
Hapag-Lloyd, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) are upgrading a service on the North Europe - North USA Atlantic
Trade, in cooperation with ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.
The joint service to be upgraded is the "Atlantic Express" or ATX service. Starting from
early March 2008, the service will consist of four vessels
of 4,000 TEU capacity, one of
which will be provided by ZIM and the other three from the Grand Alliance.
The service offers weekly, fixed day sailings between the North European ports of
Rotterdam, Hamburg, Le-Havre, and Southampton, and the US East Coast ports
York, Norfolk and Charleston.
The joint service is a continuation of the present ATX service of the Grand Alliance,
providing upgraded tonnage and replacing the current NEX service of ZIM.
The lines will replace the four smaller ships of 2,800 TEU currently operating on the ATX
route with larger, more efficient tonnage. This move will considerably reduce the bunker
consumption per slot-mile, offering a more environmentally friendly solution.