ZIM’s leading East Med/Black Sea Express Service (EMX) is to be joined by OOCL starting September 2013.
EMX has a comprehensive network with direct services connecting Asia, the East Mediterranean and Black Sea, offering a unique gateway to Russia and CIS countries, with an exclusive direct call to Novorossiysk at with fast transit time, direct Odessa call and wide port coverage.
ZIM's spokesman mentioned that EMX service was upgraded last year to include additional exclusive calls at what he described as "best-in-market transit times, proved to be very popular with customers.
"OOCL joining ZIM in this successful venture, is an additional indication to the leading position of our services to the East Med and Black Sea".
According to OOCL's announcement, the decision to join the EMX service was in response to the transportation needs of the customers, and that the EMX will offer competitive transit times and additional coverage for Pusan, Da Chan Bay, Port Kelang, and Novorossiysk.
EMX Rotation: Pusan - Ningbo - Shanghai - Shenzhen-Da Cha - Port Klang - Haifa – Istanbul (Ambarli) - Odessa - Novorossiysk -Istanbul (Ambarli) - Haifa - Nhava Sheva - Port Klang - Shenzhen-Da Cha – Pusan.
OOCL will introduce two container vessels to the EMX and Zim will employ eight vessels.