APMT in Zeebrugge has launched Ocean Alliance’s NEU4 weekly service linking Belgium with Asian ports amid a surge in Europe-Asia backhaul freight rates.
NEU4 services commenced on May 16, 2017 with the call of the 13,380 TEU capacity APL Changi in Zeebrugge.
It is scheduled to stop at the following locations: the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium; the ports of Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, and Yantian in China; and the Port of Busan in Korea.
This makes it is one of six Asia-North Europe services offered by the new carrier venture, Ocean Alliance.
French liner CMA-CGM will operate the service using 12 vessels of up to 17,859 TEU capacity.
CMA CGM, COSCO Container Lines, CMA CGM, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line are all Ocean Alliance members.
They operate a fleet of about 350 container vessels with an estimated total container capacity of 3.5 million TEUs.
APM Terminals’ Zeebrugge facility is equipped to handle vessels of up to 20,000 TEU capacity such as 19,224 TEU capacity MSC Maya, which called there on April 15, 2017.
The Port of Felixstowe has also recently welcomed the first call of the new Ocean Alliance’s North Europe Turkey Express (NET) service operated by Cosco Shipping and OOCL.