Genova - THE Alliance, the shipowning consortium consisting of Germany’s Hapag - Lloyd, Japan’s Ocean Network Express (ONE), and Taiwan’s Yang Ming, during 2019 will call in Italy only at the ports of Genoa and La Spezia, with direct links no longer applying for Salerno and Livorno (which, however, will continue to be used by Hapag - Lloyd and ZIM).
Up to now the ports of Genoa and La Spezia were included in the MD2 Asia - Mediterranean service, and the AL6 transatlantic service, while Livorno and Salerno were included in the AL6 service.
A decision was taken to reduce the number of port calls in Italy over the coming year, dropping two ports, while Genoa and La Spezia will continue to be part of the MD2 service, and the MD1, another Asia - Mediterranean service, will make calls at Genoa. The full MD1 Port rotation is: Qingdao, Pusan, Shanghai, Ningbo, South China, Singapore, Jeddah, Damietta, Barcelona, Valencia, Tanger Med, Genoa, Damiet ta, Jeddah, Singapore, Hong Kong and, again, Qingdao; the MD2 service will instead call at Pusan, Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Kaohsiung, South China, Singapore, Piraeus, La Spezia, Genoa, Fos, Piraeus, Singapore, Hong Kong, and, again, Pusan. Overall, in 2019, THE Alliance will utilise 249 ships across its range of services, a vessel deployment close to the 250 and 240 vessels employed in 2018 and 2017, respectively. The new schedule includes 29 routes and 76 ports of call, in Asia, Europe, North and Centra l America, the Middle East, the Red Sea, and the Indian subcontinent.