COSCO, MOL, Evergreen to launch Asia-West Africa service
COSCO Container Lines Co., MOL and Evergreen Line will launch a new weekly, direct service from Asia to West Africa, called the WA1, COSCO announced Wednesday.
The 12-vessel service will be jointly operated and will leave Shanghai on June 2. Six ships will be operated by MOL, four by Evergreen and two by COSCO.
The rotation will be Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Nansha, Singapore, Lagos Apapa, Tema, Lome, Abidjan, Singapore and Shanghai.
According to data from BlueWater Reporting, COSCO and Evergreen currently have two services that call Asia-Africa: the Evergreen Line and COSCO-operated FAX, and the AEF, operated by Evergreen, COSCO and X-Press. Both Evergreen and COSCO are vessel operators on the FAX service, with Evergreen operating six vessels and COSCO operating two. The FAX operates with eight vessels with a total rotation time of 56 days round. Average vessel capacity is 3,179 TEUs.
The AEF calls Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and Africa, with X-Press operating one vessel, COSCO operating one vessel and Evergreen operating three. The service operates with five vessels with a total rotation time of 35 days round and an average vessel capacity of 2,699 TEUs.
MOL has three services that call Asia-Africa, but only operates one, the CSW, which also calls ports in East Coast South America. MOL operates all 14 vessels on the service with a total rotation time of 98 days round. This service has an average vessel capacity of 5,381 TEUs.
The WA1 will be the only service that includes all three carriers in the Asia-Africa trade.