Hapag-Lloyd, the Hamburg-based shipping line, is expanding its Asia – Mexico Express Service (AME) to include two weekly services with a slightly different rotation from mid-June.
It will now call at three additional ports, Qingdao, Xiamen and Hong Kong, as well as including weekly departures from Ensenada in north Mexico.
The aim is to shorten transit times for customers. For example it will now take 15 days to travel between Kaohsiung and Lazaro Cardenas, rather than 23 days.
The AME I service will call at Qingdao – Ningbo – Shanghai – Busan – Yokoama – Manzanillo (MX) – Lazaro Cardenas – Ensenada – Yokohama. The first departure is scheduled for 19th June.
The second service AME II, which is planned for departure on 14 June, will call at Xiamen – Hong Kong – Chiwan – Kaohsiung – Lazaro Cardenas – Manzanillio (MX) – Yokohama.
The two services are offered in co-operation with APL. Hapag-Lloyd will deploy six 4200 TEU ships and APL six 5100 TEU vessels.