BG Freight Line, a subsidiary of the UK’s Peel Ports Group, is to suspend its weekly intra-Iberia service, so far run with the 868 teu vessels BERIT and BOTTENVIK.
At the same time, the Rotterdam-based operator is to take slots allocations on the Spain-related services of Unifeeder. The Danish short sea and feeder line had recently opened a number of new services in the Western Med and along the southwest European Atlantic coast, centered on the Gibraltar Straits hub port of Algeciras.
BG Freight will offer following coverage:
- Algeciras, Vigo, Bilbao, Algeciras
- Algeciras, Lisbon, Leixoes, Algeciras
The BOTTENVIK has been chartered by Maersk Line Seago for the Levant – Black Sea ‘Citrus’ season.
After weeks of speculation over the possible structure of the P3 alliance’s joint mainline network, the Mediterranean Shipping Company has taken the lead and unveiled the carrier group’s proposed east-west core services. Subject to regulatory approval, the new joint network is to be implemented in the first quarter of 2014.
The P3 alliance will see the word’s three largest shipping lines, Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM, forge a close-cooperation on all major east-west trade lanes. While the carriers will continue to compete with each other over cargo and while they will independently price and market their services, they will enter into a close cooperation as far as schedules and capacity sharing are concerned.
A joint vessel coordination centre is to be established at London, from where the new joint services are to be managed.
The P3 alliance’s loop network will look as follows (using MSC service names):
Far East to Northern Europe – 8 weekly services
Far East to Med and Black Sea – 5 weekly services
- Great Sea
Far East to US West Coast – 5 weekly services
- New Orient
Far East to US East Coast – 4 weekly services
Northern Europe to North America – 3 weekly services
- US-North Atlantic
- US-Mexico South Atlantic
- US Gulf
Med to North America – 2 weekly services
The Norwegian non-operating ship owner Klaveness Maritime has taken delivery of the 2,504 teu vessel BALAO, the first of four mid-sized container ships ordered in September 2010 at the Chinese Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding. The yard is a prolific builder of standard ships of this type and has built no fewer than 28 units since 2006 – with small variations and different types of main engine.
The BALAO has been chartered by the German container line Hapag-Lloyd for a reported period of one year and the ship will join the Far East to West Africa service ‘WSX’, jointly offered by NYK (who call the service ‘SWAX’), CSCL and Hapag-Lloyd.
Klaveness is to receive three further ships of the type in June and August: BALLENTIA and BALSA. The delivery of a fourth ship, BALEARES, has reportedly been deferred to late 2014.
The BALAO could be named after the Balao-fish, found in the Atlantic Ocean or the town of Balao in Ecuador’s Guayas Province.