South Korean feeder operators, Korea Marine Transport Company (KMTC Line), Namsung, Pan Continental (PanCon Line) and CK Line, have announced a joint South Korea-China-Japan service in order to improve service efficiency. This service will be connecting South Korea’s Busan with Japan’s eastern coast and northern China.
The service will combine PanCon Line’s existing CJ1 service with the New China-Setouchi (NCS) service that is jointly operated by PanCon Line, KMTC Line, Namsung and CK Line.
Two 1,100TEU ships will be deployed to the revamped CJ1 service, which will commence on 22 August, with KMTC Line’s chartered ship, Mitra Bhum, departing Busan.
The existing NCS service will be converted into a weekly shuttle service between South Korea and China. PanCon Line will redeploy PanCon Victory to its service to Hai Phong in Vietnam, and Namsung will use the 920 TEU Star Express for the new Bohai Pendulum service, another South Korea-China-Japan route that it jointly operates with KMTC Line.
The revision to the CJ1 route comes just two weeks after the Korea Shipping Partnership was deemed “disappointing”, as the quasi-alliance of 14 local liner operators was deemed to have failed to streamline operations and reduce intense competition.
Source: Container News