P3 setup update: Far East – Europe

As reported earlier, the proposed Far East to (Northern) Europe network of the P3 will consist of eight weekly loops. This compares to the present set up of nine loops for Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM. The one-loop reduction will not have any meaningful capacity effect since larger ships, mainly in the form of 18,270 teu Maersk-EEE classes, are being phased-in successively.

The P3 service restructuring will see consolidation of Southeast Asia transhipment hub calls toward Tanjung Pelepas, at the expense of Singapore and Port Kelang.

Two services, the ‘Baltic / FAL7 / AE8’ and the ‘Skaw / FAL8 / AE9’ will feature direct calls in the Baltic Sea. One of the loops will reach as far as Poland, while the other will only call at Gothenburg, Sweden. Maersk Line had pioneered direct calls in the Baltic Sea with large Asia-Europe mainline tonnage, but the participation in such slings is new for MSC and CMA CGM.

The low number of calls at Rotterdam, Europe’s largest container port, comes as a major surprise. Depending upon the future patterns of feeder services and on-carriage, both Antwerp and Bremerhaven appear to benefit from the changes. Most other ports will roughly see the same number of calls as now (or one less call because of the overall reduction in loops).

The eight Far East to Europe loops look as follows (MSC name / CMA CGM name / Maersk Name):

Albatros / FAL1 / AE1: 9x 19,000 teu
Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven, Tanger Med, Suez Canal (way point), Tanjung Pelepas, Yantian (Shenzhen), Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Tanjung Pelepas, Suez Canal (way point), Algeciras, Tanger Med, Rotterdam.

Pendulum, Lion / FAL2 / AE2: 16×11,500 teu
Zeebrugge, Dunkirk, Southampton, Le Havre, Marsaxlokk, Suez Canal (way point), King Abdullah City, Jeddah, Singapore, Vung Tau (aka Cai Mep), Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian (Shenzhen) / USWC / Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian (Shenzhen), Chiwan (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Sines, Antwerp, Zeebrugge.

Shogun / FAL3 / AE5: 11×13,000 teu
Le Havre, Felixstowe, Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven, Rotterdam, Suez Canal (way point), Colombo, Tanjung Pelepas, Hong Kong, Kobe, Nagoya, Yokohama, Ningbo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Yantian (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Suez Canal (way point), Le Havre.

Condor / FAL5 / AE6: 10×8,500 teu
Southampton, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Felixstowe, Zeebrugge, Le Havre, Algeciras, Beirut, Suez Canal (way point), Port Kelang, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Suez Canal (way point), Southampton.

Swan / FAL6 / AE7: 11×13,000 teu
Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Antwerp, Suez Canal (way point), Tanjung Pelepas, Shanghai, Busan, Dalian, Tianjin (aka Xingang), Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Yantian (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Suez Canal (way point), Rotterdam.

Baltic / FAL7 / AE8: 12×14,000 teu
Bremerhaven, Gdansk, Aarhus, Bremerhaven, Felixstowe, Suez Canal (way point), Singapore, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Busan, Kwangyang, Shanghai, Yantian (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Suez Canal (way point), Bremerhaven.

Skaw / FAL8 / AE9: 12×13,000 teu
Felixstowe, Bremerhaven, Gothenburg, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Le Havre, Suez Canal (way point), Salalah, Khor Al Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Singapore, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Nansha, Yantian (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Colombo, Suez Canal (way point), Felixstowe.

Silk / FAL9 / AE10: 12×13000 teu
Le Havre, Antwerp, Hamburg, Felixstowe, Gioia Tauro, Suez Canal (way point), Khor Al Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Singapore, Yantian (Shenzhen), Tianjin (aka Xingang), Kwangyang, Busan, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Singapore, Suez Canal (way point), Le Havre.

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