K-Alliance starts operationsSep, 03, 2021 Posted by Sylvia Schandert
Five South Korean liner operators began their code-sharing arrangement on intra-Asia routes on 1 September.
HMM, SM Line Corporation, Pan Ocean, Sinokor Merchant Marine and Heung-A Line have started joint intra-Asia services under the K-Alliance that was engineered by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) and state-backed ship finance provider Korea Ocean Business Corporation last year.
There are 13 South Korean liner operators active in the intra-Asia segment and the MOF was concerned about growing competition from foreign rivals in what is already a saturated market. However, while all the liner operators were invited to be part of K-Alliance, membership is voluntary and none of the other liner operators were obliged to join in.
The K-Alliance members plan to collect cargoes in Asia for transhipping to the US and Europe.
Source: Container News
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