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 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.
See earlier P3 updates:
The members of the G6 alliance and Zim are to merge two of their Panama Canal-routed Far East – ECNA loops into a single winter slack season service. The carriers therewith effectively remove one weekly sling from the trade lane and cut some 5,000 teu of capacity in what is believed to be a temporary winter reduction program. The two services to be merged are:
- The ‘SCE’, a service operated by Hapag-Lloyd, OOCL, NYK and Zim, which is not a member of G6 but participates in this loop.
- The ‘NYE’, a service operated by Hyundai and NYK.
The new ‘SCE’/’NYE’ is to turn in ten weeks and will run along following rotation: Xiamen, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Yantian (Shenzhen), Shanghai, Busan, Balboa, Manzanillo (Mex), Panama Canal (waypoint), Kingston, Savannah, Charleston, New York, Jacksonville, Kingston, Manzanillo (Pan), Panama Canal (waypoint), Balboa, Busan, Xiamen.
The 4,884 teu ZIM ONTARIO will open the new rotation at the beginning of November. In addition to Zim, NYK and Hyundai will be vessel providers on the new service.
Hanjin is to reshuffle its ‘NHS’ service, a loop which so far connects South Korea and Vietnam with a stopover at Hong Kong.
In mid-November, the Korean operator will implement significant changes to the ‘NHS’ service’s rotation, with new calls in China (Shanghai and Shekou) and Indonesia (Penang). The additional ports will come at the expense of the present double Hong Kong call which is to be dropped entirely, both in the westbound and eastbound directions. The service continues to run in three weeks with three ships.
The revised rotation reads as follows: Kwangyang, Busan, Shanghai (new), Shekou (Shenzhen) (new), Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Port Kelang (new), Penang (new), Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Kwangyang.
At the same time, the Korean operator is to complete a capacity upgrade of the service, as it replaces the 1,713 teu HANJIN HO CHI MINH with the 2,553 teu HANJIN MANZANILLO. The loop now deploys three identical 2,553 teu ships compared to a fleet of 1,700 – 1,800 teu ships earlier this year.
NYK is to take slots on the Hanjin operated ‘PSX’ Far East to WCNA service.
The Japanese carrier will brand the new offfer as its ‘CKX’ and will have its first slot allocation on the 10,100 teu HANJIN GREECE, sailing from Shanghai on 21 October.
The service has the following rotation: Busan, Kwangyang, Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle, Busan, Kwangyang, Shanghai, Busan.
In addition to the ‘CKYH’ partners, Evergreen has also slots on the loop.
For NYK, the new slots are aimed at replacing the capacity lost with the suspension of its previous ‘CKX’ (Hanjin: ‘CAX’).
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.
The G6 Alliance has announced to implement eight blank sailings for its mainline strings from the Far East to Europe and the Med in the coming months. The move is part of the carrier group’s efforts reduce capacity on these trades routes for the winter slow season and for the Chinese new year lull.
Five sailings will be dropped from northern Europe services (L1, L4, L6, L7) and three cancellations concern services to the Med (EUM).
The below departures will be void, as will the corresponding eastbound return trips:
- Loop 1: One blank sailing out of Ningbo on 5 January 2014
- Loop 4: One blank sailing out of Ningbo on 23 November 2013
- Loop 6: Two blank sailings, out of Kaohsiung, on 25 November and 26 December 2013
- Loop 7: One blank sailing out of Qingdao on 30 October 2013
- EUM: Three blank sailings out of Busan, on 28 October, 25 November, 2013 and 10 February 2014.