Taiwanese carrier Yang Ming has teamed up with Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to launch a new Asia Pacific-Latin America service.
Ten 4,500-5,500 teu box ships will be deployed in the South America Loop 2 service, which began on July 11.
The port rotation for the service will be Kaohsiung-Ningbo-Shanghai-Busan-Manzanillo-Buenaventura-Callao-Valparaiso-Lirquen-Manzanillo-Busan-Kaohsiung.
The carriers believe that the new service will improve transit times and provide extensive port coverage from Asia to the west coast of Latin America, including Mexico.
On 25 April Yang Ming, Pacific International Lines (PIL), Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (‘K’ Line) launched the South America Loop 1 service. Eleven 4,250-4,600 teu box ships are deployed in this service, with two to be operated by Yang Ming, four by PIL, three by HMM, and two by ‘K’ Line. Each voyage will take 84 days.