Mar 20, 2012 (LBO) – A state-run container terminal in Sri Lanka’s Colombo port has won back Japan’s NYK (Nippon Yusen Kaisha) Line, which is a partner of the G6 Alliance of carriers formed last December. The 8,200 TEU vessel ‘MV NYK Virgo’, operated by G6 Alliance partner NYK Line had its inaugural call at the Jaye Container Terminal (JCT) of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), on March 18, a statement said.
The G6 Alliance, serving the Asia-to-Europe-and-Mediterranean market, is composed of the carriers in the Grand Alliance and New World Alliance: APL, Hapag-Lloyd AG, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Orient Overseas Container Line.
Nihal Kappetipola, Managing Director of the SLPA said improved terminal efficiency with new cranes and computer systems had helped it win back NYK Line,
“This has been evidenced by the G6 Alliance with the lead line NYK coming back to the state-run JCT after 10 years.”
The service calls Colombo under the following voyage rotation: Kaohsiung Xiamen South China Hong Kong – Singapore Colombo Southampton – Antwerp Hamburg Rotterdam Jebel Ali Singapore South China Kaohsiung.