As of mid-November, the ‘IA4’ service of Maersk Line and MCC, the intra-Asia specialist of the APM Group, will offer extended coverage in Indonesia with a new call at Surabaya and a second call at Jakarta.
The 2,824 teu SFL FALCON will open the new rotation which reads :
Busan, Kwangyang, Vostochny, Busan, Kwangyang, Shanghai, Keelung, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Jakarta, Surabaya (new), Jakarta (new), Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Hong Kong, Yantian (Shenzhen), Kaohsiung, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan.
At the same time, the loop duration is extended from six to seven weeks and the SFL TIGER is added (as of 19 November) to the service in order to maintain the weekly frequency.
The Greek non-operating owner Eastern Mediterranean Maritime (EMM) has taken delivery of the 1,756 teu SEAMASTER. The vessel is the third container ship ever built by the South Korean SPP Shipbuilding Company, and the last unit in a trio of three similar wide-beam units for EMM.
The new SPP container ships are compact wide-beam Bangkokmax designs with a length over all of 170.00m, a beam of 29.80 and a moderate draft of 9.50m. The geared ships are thus ideally suited for second-tier intra-Asia services.
The SEAMASTER will join this week her charterer Golden Sea Shipping, a regional intra-Asia carrier and member of the China Shipping group of companies. The ship will phase into the joint Malaysia – Thailand – Vietnam service of Golden Sea Shipping and Gold Star Line, a subsidiary of Israel’s flag carrier Zim. This weekly service operates as a Port Kelang based butterfly with a Thailand (Bangkok and Laem Chabang) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City) leg. It turns in 21 days with three ships.
On this loop, the new SEAMASTER will replace the 1,440 teu CAPTAIN KATTELMANN, which Golden Sea Shipping will return upon phase-out.
The SEAMASTER follows her earlier sisters TZINI and SAN GIORGIO.
Alianca di Navegacao has put into service the 3,820 teu AMERICO VESPUCIO, a gearless SDARI 3800 type from CSSC’s Shanghai Shipyard. The vessel is 234.00m long, 37.20m wide and offers provisions to supply 500 reefer containers. Like her sisters, the AMERICO VESPUCIO is propelled by a 7-cylinder MAN B&W engine rated at 22,900 kW for a speed of about 20 knots. The ship is the last of four SDARI 3800 sisters for Alianca.
The ship’s actual delivery date is somewhat unclear, since all four vessels appear to have spent several weeks or even months at the outfitting pier of their builders. While de-facto idle, the AMERICO VESPUCIO and her sisters might have technically been counted as still ‘under construction’.
Well over a month ago, the ship eventually left Shanghai for a positioning trip to Brazil and it is scheduled to phase into her owners’ intra-Brazil cabotage service this week. Here, the vessel will join its earlier sisters SEBASTIAO CABOTO, PEDRO ALVARES CABRAL and FERNAO DE MAGALHAES.
The new ship is named after the Italian explorer, navigator and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci (1454 – 1512) who first demonstrated that Brazil and the West Indies did not represent Asia’s eastern outskirts as initially conjectured from Columbus’ voyages, but instead constituted an entirely separate landmass hitherto unknown to Europeans.
Cheng Lie Navigation (CNC), the intra-Asia specialist within the CMA CGM Group, is to add a Korea Vietnam Thailand service to its portfolio through slots on the ‘KVT’ service jointly operated by CK-Line and Namsung.
The two Korean operators deploy three ships on the 21-day weekly service, which run along the following rotation: Busan, Ulsan, Kwangyang, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh, Laem Chabang, Bangkok, Laem Chabang, Ho Chi Minh, Busan.
CNC’s slotting arrangement will start on 25 October with the sailing of the 1,850 teu STARSHIP PEGASUS from Busan.
The loop deploys three 2013-built sister vessels, all owned by Namsung, who charters one of the ships out to its partner CK-Line.
This weekend, APL has taken delivery of the sixth unit in a series of ten 13,900 teu neo-overpanamax container ships ordered in June 2011 at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries of South Korea. The ship, originally to become the APL AGILE, has been chartered out to Mitsui O.S.K. Lines straight from delivery and it sails under the name MOL QUARTZ.
The newbuilding is scheduled to phase into the G6-Alliance’s Asia to Europe Loop 7 at Qingdao today. The ship is the third 13,900 teu unit in this particular service, which is otherwise maintained with APL-operated 10,000 teu ships.
Altogether, five of APL’s ten new 13,900 teu vessels will be operated by the Singapore-based carrier itself, while the remaining five ships are to be chartered out to Japan’s MOL, which is one of APL’s partner carriers in the New World Alliance and G6-super alliance.
2013, Week 37 – from September 8 to September 14
- NYK takes slots on new Straits to ANZ loop
- Unifeeder to add direct Dunkirk – St Petersburg link
- UASC joins CSCL on intra-Asia loop
- SAECS consortium announces service rationalisation for 2014
- CMA CGM boost Morocco links for citrus season
- G6 Alliance further slows down Far East – Europe loop
- Maersk extends ‘ME3’ loop to serve Novorossiysk
- PIL starts to slot on Yang Ming’s Far East to Middle East Gulf loop
- KMTC joins slotter crowd on ‘CHN’ service
- Cheng Lie takes slots on new ‘KCM’ Korea – China – Malaysia sling
Fleet & Finance
The United Arab Shipping Company is to join China Shipping as co-operator of an intra-Asia regional service. While the two carriers already work together on some deep-sea mainline services, the move marks the pair’s first joint venture in the intra-Asia sector.
Effective 21 September UASC will become a participant and vessel provider on the ‘CTJ’ China – Japan – Thailand service that CSCL (three ships) presently offers in co-operation with Gold Star Line (one ship). At the same time, the Zim affiliate GSL will withdraw from the loop. Hence, the 3,351 teu ASIA STAR of GSL will soon be replaced by the 2,586 teu THOMAS MANN, which UASC is to charter for the service. The United Arab Shipping Company will advertise the new string in its portfolio as its ‘IAC1’.
Despite the operator change, the service’s port rotation remains unaltered and covers: Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Busan, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shekou, Laem Chabang, Nansha, Hong Kong, Shekou, Xiamen, Tokyo.
UASC’s participation in the China – Japan – Thailand loop is indicative of the line’s increasing cooperation with CSCL. The carriers nowadays work together on several major trade lanes and each of the shipping lines recently committed to orders for five +18,000 teu container vessels. These vessels are believed to be earmarked for a joint weekly Asia-Europe jumbo loop.