Evergreen Marine strengthens Asia-Australia network

Evergreen Marine Corp. (????), the largest container shipper in Taiwan, has teamed up with counterparts in the region to upgrade services between Asia and Australia.

Starting on Oct. 23, Evergreen Marine, Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), Japan's Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line), and Taiwan's Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. (????) will introduce a new service, called the North East Asia-Australia Express (NEAX).

Evergreen Marine said the five partners will assign six 3,500-3,700 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels to the new route. Evergreen Marine, MOL, K Line and Yang Ming Marine will provide one each, while OOCL will provide two.

TEUs are a measure of container capacity.

Vessels in the new service will start from Yokohama in Japan, then proceed to Osaka, Busan in South Korea, Qingdao, Shanghai and Ningbo in China, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in Australia, before returning to Yokohama, Evergreen Marine said.

The Taiwanese shipper said the five partners will provide the service once a week, with each journey taking 42 days.

Evergreen Marine said that the new service will provide its customers with more options, link its service loop to ports in North China, South Korea and Japan, and extend its reach to three major ports in Australia, which is expected to reduce cargo delivery time in the region.

The NEAX represents only part of Evergreen Marine's efforts to expand its global shipping network by working with competitors.

In September, the company launched a new service to the Indian Subcontinent in a bid to strengthen its shipping network between China and countries in the region.

The service is provided by Evergreen Marine and Wan Hai Lines (??), another container shipper from Taiwan; China COSCO Shipping Corp., K Line and Singapore-based Pacific International Lines (PIL).

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel