P3 setup update: Far East – North America

The P3 alliance’s Far East to North America network will consist of six Asia-WCNA loops and four Asia-USEC/US-Gulf loops.

Out of the former, five services will be aimed at the Pacific Southwest, meaning California, while one loop serves the Pacific Northwest, meaning Seattle and Vancouver.

The four Asia-USEC/US-Gulf loops comprise three Suez-routed loops and one service via the Panama Canal.

As far as the Asia-WCNA services are concerned, the P3 alliance’s six-loop pattern will very much resemble today’s service structure of Maersk Line, MSC and CMA CGM.

This is not particularly surprising since the three carriers already operate under a vessel sharing agreement on the transpacific tradelane since 2008.

One interesting aspect of the route setup is that MSC appears not to participate in the Pacific Northwest service. So far, MSC has only confirmed its participation in the Californian services, which cover the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland.

At least for the time being, the establishment of the joint P3 service structure will have little impact on the carriers’ overall capacity on this route.

Since the carriers all have long-standing ties or even shareholdings (through sister companies) in terminals on the US West Coast, the new P3 pattern might lead to some changes of terminals. This effect might also lead to some shifts between the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

One interesting aspect of the P3 service pattern is that five out of six weekly strings are operationally merged into butterfly or pendulum services. Only the ‘Sunrise / Sunrise / TP5’ is a pure single-sling Transpacific service. The five remaining loops are all operationally paired with other slings – either into pendulum or butterfly services.

The reasons for this can be numerous: They can include more flexible vessel deployment, regular calls at ports with lower bunker prices, optimization of sailing speeds, etc… In case of pendulums, increased direct port coverage is also an advantage.

The P3 Far East – North America setup looks as follows:

Asia to Pacific South West (California)

Pearl / PRX1 / TP6 (this service is operationally grafted into a pendulum with the Asia-Europe service Lion / FAL2 / AE2)
(Europe and Middle East….), Singapore, Vung Tau (aka Cai Mep), Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian (Shenzhen), Long Beach, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian (Shenzhen), Chiwan (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, (…Europe and Middle East),

Eagle / PRX2 / TP1 (this service is operationally grafted into a pendulum with the Asia-Med service Phoenix / PHOEX / AE12)

(Mediterranean…), Tanjung Pelepas, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Yantian (Shenzhen), Xiamen, Long Beach, Oakland, Busan, Ningbo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Yantian (Shenzhen), Singapore, (…Mediterranean)

Jaguar / Yangtze / TP2 (this service is operationally grafted into a butterfly with the Asia-USWC service New Orient / Bohai / TP8)
…, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Shanghai, Ningbo, Long Beach, Dalian, Tianjin (aka Xingang), Qingdao, Shanghai,…)

New Orient / Bohai / TP8 (this service is operationally grafted into a butterfly with the Asia-USWC service Jaguar / Yangtze / TP2)
(…),Dalian, Tianjin (aka Xingang), Qingdao, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Oakland, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Shanghai, Ningbo, (…)

Sunrise / Sunrise / TP5
Busan, Hakata, Nagoya, Yokohama, Long Beach, Oakland, Dutch Harbor, Yokohama, Kobe, Busan, Qingdao, Kwangyang

Asia to Pacific North West (Seattle and Vancouver)

(no MSC name) / Columbus / TP9 (this service is operationally grafted into the Asia-Europe service Empire / Columbus / TP11)
(USEC via Suez…), Tanjung Pelepas, Hong Kong, Yantian (Shenzhen), Shanghai, Busan, Seattle, Vancouver (Can), Yokohama, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Yantian (Shenzhen), (…USEC via Suez)

Asia to USEC

Empire / Columbus / TP11 (this service is operationally grafted into the Asia-Europe service Empire / Columbus / TP9)
(PNW…) Tanjung Pelepas, Hong Kong, Yantian (Shenzhen), Suez Canal (way point), New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Suez Canal (way point), Tanjung Pelepas, Hong Kong, Yantian (Shenzhen), Shanghai, Busan, (…PNW).

America / (tbd) / TP12
Shanghai, Xiamen, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Yantian (Shenzhen), Singapore, Salalah, Suez Canal (way point), Haifa, New York, Baltimore, Norfolk, Savannah, Freeport (Grand Bahama), Haifa, Suez Canal (way point), Salalah, Colombo, Singapore

Atlantic / Vespucci / (tbd)
Shanghai, Tanjung Pelepas, Suez Canal (way point), Valencia, Algeciras, New York, Savannah, Charleston, Tanger Med, Marsaxlokk, Suez Canal (way point), Kaohsiung, Ningbo, Shanghai

Everglades / PEX3 / (tbd)
Ningbo, Shanghai, Qingdao, Busan, Panama Canal (waypoint), Manzanillo (Pan), Miami, Houston, Mobile, Panama Canal (waypoint), Vostochny, Yantian (Shenzhen), Ningbo.

Note that some services to America, such as for example loops to the Canadian East Coast, appear to be excluded from the P3 partnership. Here, the carriers will maintain their individual service solutions – often in partnership with carriers outside the P3.

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