With container lines deploying more blank sailings in light of the covid-19 situation, there has been a significant rise in cargo volumes coming from the west & south of Japan. To capture these volumes, South Korean intra-Asia carriers namely, Korea Marine Transport Company (KMTC), Namsung Shipping and CK Line have updated their South Korea – China – Japan services.
Along with the existing New China-Setouchi (NCS) service which is being operated by these 3 carriers, they will be launching an additional NCS2 service.
The carriers will be splitting the calls to Moji, Mizushima and Hakata into the NCS2 route, which will also have a call at Hiroshima port.
Revised NCS Port Rotation: Busan – Niigata – Kanazawa – Toyama – Busan – Ulsan – Shanghai – Ningbo – Busan.
KMTC Line will be deploying the 1,100 TEU Mitra Bhum whereas Namsung will deploying the 950 TEU Star Express.
The 700 TEU Conmar Moon started the NCS2 service with the CK Line chartered vessel, chartered from Conmar Shipping, a German tonnage provider.
Source: Container News