Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) has further expanded its strategic cooperation with the members of the 2M Alliance – Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).
Specifically, ZIM has now decided to boost ties with 2M on the Asia-US Gulf trade.
The new agreement includes two new strings — ZGC – ZIM US Gulf Central China Xpress and ZGX – ZIM US Gulf South China Xpress.
A total of ten 6,500 TEU vessels will be deployed in the first service, with the following rotation: Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan (Panama Canal Transit), Houston, Mobile, Miami, Freeport, (Panama Canal Transit), Araijan, Busan.
The first sailing is scheduled from Ningbo on August 18, subject to regulatory approval.
Another ten 4,500 TEU boxships will be deployed in the second abovementioned service which will have the following rotation: Xiamen, Yantian, Busan (Panama Canal Transit), Houston, Mobile, Tampa, Manzanillo, (Panama Canal Transit), Balboa, Busan.
The first sailing is planned from Xiamen on August 16.