ZIM LINES UPGRADES FROM SLOT OPERATION TO NORMAL OPERATOR IN CHINA - INDIA ROUTES



 Zim upgraded its status from slot partner to operator on one of its China – India service. The service is jointly operated by OOCL (CIX3), Regional Container Lines (RKI) and Hamburg Süd (India Far East). Zim brands this service CI3 and has phased in the 4,253 TEU vessel HAMMONIA ISTRIA on 18th March. The service deploys 6 vessels on a weekly frequency and a 42 day-rotation. It has an average service capacity of 5,500 TEU per week. NYK (CNX), Gold Star Line (CI3), Samudera (CNX), Yang Ming (CCI), Maersk Line (FI2), CMA CGM (CIMEX 2-C), APL and Emirates Shipping (CCI) are all taking slots on the service.

Zim takes slots on Maersk (FI3) and CMA CGM’s (CIMEX 2-N) jointly operated Korea – China -Subcontinent service. It deploys 7 vessels on a weekly frequency and a 49 day rotation. The service which is branded CI4 by Zim has an average service capacity of 6,630 TEU per week. APL and OOCL both take slots on the service already and brand it FI3.
  

China-India_FI3_CIMEX2N_Maersk_CMACGMFurthermore Zim takes slots on the China – India CIX/CIS service that is jointly operated by OOCL (CIX), APL (CIX) and Emirates Shipping (CIS). Zim will join Maersk Line (FI1) and CMA CGM (CIMEX 2-S) as slot partner and will brand the service CI5. The service deploys 5 vessels on a weekly frequency and a 35 day-rotation. The average weekly service capacity lies at 5,300 TEU.

All three of the above services have seen changes to their port rotations at the end of February 2014 (See: CMA CGM, Maersk, OOCL and APL New Asia-Indian Subcontinent Service Agreement)

At the moment Zim also shows presence in the region by jointly operating the Korea – India service CIX together with Hyundai and TS Lines. Additionally Zim currently takes slots on the China – India service that is jointly operated by Wan Hai (IFX), PIL (IFX), K LINE (INDFEX) and Shipping Corporation of India (INDFEX1). Zim is also present as a slot partner on the China – India service ICS/WIN that is jointly operated by Evergreen (ICS), NYK (WIN) and Hanjin (ICS). The Israeli carrier brands these two services CI2 and CNX respectively.
CI3 / CIX3 / RKI: Shanghai – Ningbo – Xiamen – Hong Kong – Singapore – Colombo – Nhava Sheva – Pipavav – Port Kelang – Singapore – Hong Kong – Shanghai

FI3 / CIMEX 2-N: Tianjin (Xingang) – Dalian – Qingdao – Kwangyang – Busan – Ningbo – Hong Kong – Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas – Colombo – Pipavav – Nhava Sheva – Bin Qasim – Singapore – Tianjin (Xingang)

CIX / CIS: Nansha – Chiwan (Shenzhen) – Hong Kong – Singapore – Colombo – Nhava Sheva – Pipavav – Colombo – Port Kelang – Singapore – Nansha