The End Of Direct Cargo-Passenger Service Between the UK and Hong Kong – With New Alternative Routes Via Nearby Yantian

cma cgm jules-verneWith CMA CGM’s French Asia Line 1 dropping its calls in Hong Kong, there will no longer be any direct route betwen Southampton and Hong Kong. And, for the moment, with no other carrier taking passengers to Hong Kong, there will no longer be a direct UK to Hong Kong link.
Now, Southampton to Yantian, near Hong Kong, by French Asia Line 1 is 38 days and Le Havre to Yantian 30 days (Malta to Yantian is 24 days).
Passengers returning from Hong Kong will now have to embark in the nearby Shenzhen ports of Yantian (20 miles away) or Chiwan (22 miles). For example, travellers can board in Yantian for a 24-day trip with French Asia Line 3 to Le Havre, with a call at Port Kelang en route. An alternative for direct return to the UK is to board French Asia Line 1 in Yantian for the 26-day voyage back to Southampton via Port Kelang and Algeciras.
These changes have been brought about because of schedule adjustments in a cooperation agreement with China Shipping Container Lines and the United Arab Shipping Company, together with the introduction to the China trade of ultra large container ships (ULCCs) of 11,000 to 16,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent) container capacity.
Hong Kong continues to offer several services to the Americas, however, both North and South, as well as South Africa and Australasia.
For further details on sailing to and from Hong Kong or nearby ports please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

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