The group said the expansion will “provide customers with more service choices and increased sailing frequency.” Each G6 member will be able to offer almost twice as many sailings as those provided separately by the rival New World Alliance and Grand Alliance, the G6 claimed. It plans to deploy some 76 containerships across 12 services, linking 27 Asia and North American West Coast ports. Approximately another 42 ships will be deployed across five services, including two pendulum services in the trans-Atlantic trade lane, calling 25 ports in the U.S. East and West Coasts, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium and Germany. In all, the G6 Alliance will be deploying some 249 vessels connecting 66 ports in Asia, North America and Europe. The new services are scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2014, pending regulatory approval. Members of the G6 Alliance are APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line.