The G6 Alliance lines (APL, HMM, MOL, Hapag-Lloyd, NYK and OOCL), are set to expand their transpacific trade coverage to include the US West coast, sources have revealed to PR News Service.

The lines have already covered the Asia/US East coast trade for some six months, jointly operating three Suez services, and three via the Panama Canal, but this is expected to expand to include the US West coast in the second quarter of next year.

Heading the list of services set to come under the G6 banner from April 2014, are the present New World Alliance operated Pacific Northwest service known as the PNW, and the Pacific China Express, known as the PCX service.

The services will be re-branded the Pacific North 2 (PN2) service and the China California 1, to be known as the CC1 service respectively, both from April 2014.

The PN2 service will continue with a port rotation of : Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Yantian, Shanghai, Pusan, Tacoma, Seattle, Vancouver, Pusan, Kwangyang, Kaohsiung.

The CC1 service will continue to cover : Ningbo, Shanghai, Kwangyang, Pusan, Los Angeles, Oakland, Kwangyang, Ningbo PN2 service deployment will be 6 x 8,900 teu vessels, while the CC1 will operate with 6 x 6,800 teu vessels, in both cases deployed by HMM.

Right now, the PCX operates with a mix of HMM and APL vessels.

The G6 Alliance lines announced back in February this year, intentions to expand their coverage existing trade coverage of Asia/Europe to include the Asia/US East coast which commenced in May, but the latest news takes that initiative a step further to include the US West coast, and importantly comes at a time when the P3 Network will come on the scene, subject to regulatory procedures