Heung-A Line, a full subsidiary of Sinokor Merchant Marine, has updated its Japan-Pyeongtaek Express (JPX) service between South Korea and western Japan, in light of the drop in demands owing to the covid-19 global pandemic.
As the cargo volumes kept declining, the company has decided to move the South Korean leg to Busan North Port and Busan New Port.
Two ships, the 1,100 TEU Methi Bhum and 900TEU Nawata Bhum, both chartered from Regional Container Lines, are deployed to the reorganised JPX service, which began 5 April 2020.
Updated port rotation: Busan North Port (Sinseondae Terminal) – Busan New Port – Niigata – Sakata – Akita – Busan. Sakata call is a new addition to the service.
As the cargo traffic to and from western Japan has increased, Heung-A Line has also expanded its Japan South West 1 (JSW1) and 2 (JSW2) services.
JSW1 has added a new call to Hamada, Japan, while JSW2 has added new calls to Kanazawa and Toyama. Both services will move containers from Busan.
Source: Container News