The new service will turn in five weeks with five ships of between 3,000 and 4,600 TEU, of which three will be provided by HMM (Hyundai Commodore, Santa Cruz and Northern Promotion), one by TSL (Mark Twain) and one by GSL, which has yet to be named, according to Alphaliner.
The new service will replace for HMM its standalone `China India Express` service (CIX), run until recently with 2,170 TEU-ships. The CIX was first launched in 2006 and called at Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Singapore, Nhava Sheva, Pipavav, Singapore, and Busan.
TSL covers currently the Far East-Mumbai market by transshipment at Jebel Ali, using its `India-Middle East Express` (IMX) since October 2011 after it removed the Nhava Sheva call from its China-India-Middle East service (CME).
GSL currently offers a China-Mumbai service through slots on the `Central China-India` service run by OOCL, RCL, X-Press Feeders and Hamburg Sud (CCI), that it brands as the CNX.