Subject to regulatory approval, the proposed P3 alliance – Maersk Line, MSC and CMA CGM – plans to restructure the three carriers’ east-west mainline services. The new joint network will lead to a consolidation of strings and to an up-sizing of the vessel fleet.
The P3 alliance’s Transatlantic pattern will consist of five dedicated weekly services: Three North Europe loops and two Med slings.
Additionally, one Suez-routed Asia to USEC service which performs way calls at Algeciras (WB) and Tanger Med (EB) is expected to serve partially as a Med to USEC loop.
One further Suez-routed Asia to USEC features underway calls at Haifa (WB and EB), but can be omitted from the count of actual Transatlantic services as Haifa is not a major hub and volumes are expected to be limited.
It has to be noted that the P3 agreement does not cover all Transatlantic activities of Maersk Line, MSC and CMA CGM.
Offerings such as dedicated India and Middle East to USEC loops, Panama-routed Europe to ANZ services with USEC coverage, as well as Canada-related services, remain outside the scope of the P3.
In many cases, such services are offered in partnership with third parties outside the ‘big three’.
On the mainlines however, the P3 alliance’s Transatlantic network of five loops will succeed a pattern of seven loops.
Nevertheless, the alliance is expected to increase its Transatlantic capacity by some 15%, as the partner carriers will phase many large ships into the consolidated service structure.
In 2014, many of today’s 4,000 to 6.750 teu vessels trading between Europe and North America for P3 member lines, will be replaced or supplemented by 8,500 teu units.
Many such ships have become available since the Asia-Europe trunk routes are being boosted to capacities of 13,000 to 16,000 teu per week, with numerous newbuilt ultra-large vessels.
The P3 Europe / Med – North America setup looks as follows:
Northern Europe to USEC and US Gulf
North Atlantic / Liberty Bridge / TA1
Bremerhaven, Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Le Havre, New York, Baltimore, Norfolk, New York, Bremerhaven
South Atlantic / Victory Bridge / TA2
Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Le Havre, Charleston, Freeport, Miami, Veracruz, Altamira, Miami, Savannah, Charleston, Antwerp
(MSC name) / Equality Bridge / TA3
Antwerp, Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Bremerhaven, Le Havre, New York, Charleston, Savannah, Houston, New Orleans, Mobile, Freeport, Norfolk, Antwerp
Mediterranean to USEC and US Gulf
(MSC name) / Amerigo / TA5
Gioia Tauro, Naples, La Spezia, Genoa, Fos-sur-Mer, Valencia, Sines, New York, Boston, Baltimore, Norfolk, Savannah, Charleston, Valencia, Gioia Tauro
(MSC name) / Med-Gulf / TA6
Gioia Tauro, La Spezia, Genoa, Barcelona, Valencia, Sines, Freeport, Port Everglades, Veracruz, Altamira, Houston, New Orleans, Miami, Freeport (Bah.), Sines, Algeciras, Barcelona, Gioia Tauro
Atlantic / Vespucci / (tbd) (as part of an Asia – USEC service with waycalls at the Gibraltar Strait hubs of Algeciras and Tanger)
(From Asia via Suez…), Valencia, Algeciras, New York, Savannah, Charleston, Tanger Med, Marsaxlokk, (…to Asia via Suez).
2013, Week 43 – from October 20 to October 26
Invitation of the week
This week, linervision is pleased to present the animated work of Lauri Vanhala. ‘One day of marine traffic in the Baltic Sea’ or ‘The Next Big Spill’ was originnally made for the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission.
- MSC and CSAV add King Abdullah call to ‘IPAK’ service
- YML boosts Far East to Middle East loop
- CMA CGM and Delmas open ECSA – WAF service
- Far East – WCNA ‘SEA’ service to be boosted
- P3 setup update: Far East – Med
- Hamburg-Süd opts for slots on Asia – ECSA to compensate for ‘NGX3’ closure
- Evergreen opens additional Libya service from Greece
- P3 setup update: Far East – Europe
- G6 to merge two transpacific loops for winter slack season
- Maersk adds Florida to Centram loop through slots on Simatech USA
Fleet & Finance
The French Line CMA CGM and its affiliate and Africa specialist Delmas have opened a new service from the East Coast of South America to West Africa. The service was recently launched with the first sailing of the 1,732 teu charter vessel RHL AQUA.
The loop turns in six weeks with three vessels, offering fortnightly fixed-day departures. It serves the following ports: Buenos Aires, Rio Grande, Itajai, Santos, Abidjan, Pointe Noire, Luanda, Buenos Aires.
The launch of the new service follows the termination of an agreement with NileDutch under which CMA CGM and Delmas used to operate a joint ECSA – WAF service with the Rotterdam-based carrier – the ‘Samwaf’ loop.
Since the recent withdrawal of the French, the ‘Samwaf’ continues as a NileDutch standalone service. The sole remaining operator replaced the CMA CGM tonnage with NileDutch vessels and continues to offer one departure every ten days.The following ports are covered: Buenos Aires, Rio Grande, Itajai, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Pointe Noire, Luanda, Buenos Aires.
Since July, the Hamburg-based north-south specialist carrier Hamburg-Süd takes a slot participation on the ‘Samwaf’.
Following an earlier announcement in regard to the suspension of the ‘Asia to ECSA Loop 3’ of the multi carrier consortium, the German carrier Hamburg Sud has now disclosed its follow-up solution. As a reminder: The to-be-closed service is presently maintained with tonnage from Hanjin, CMA CGM, Hamburg Sud, CSCL and CSAV while Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line and CCNI participate through slots.
To compensate for the ‘NGX3’ closure, Hamburg Sud will take slots on two alternative loops on the Far East to ECSA corridor. These services are:
1. the MOL operated ‘CSW’, to be branded ‘NGX4’ by Hamburg Sud.
Rotation: Busan, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Coega (aka Ngqura), Santos, Paranagua, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Navegantes, Paranagua, Sao Francisco do Sul, Santos, Cape Town, Coega (aka Ngqura), Singapore, Hong Kong, Tianjin (aka Xingang), Dalian, Qingdao, Busan. (Hamburg Sud skips a number of calls includig South Africa).
2. the ‘NHX’ jointly operated by Hyundai, K-Line, NYK and PIL. Hamburg Sud will brand this service as its ‘NGX5’.
Rotation: Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou (Shenzhen), Hong Kong, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Navegantes, Paranagua, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Hong Kong, Busan.
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
Just three months after a group of six carriers announced – and implemented – a new joint far East – ECSA service structure, consisting of three weekly loops, one of these three services will soon come to a halt.
The multi-carrier ‘ASE3’/’ECSA3’/’LE3’/’ASAX3’ joint service is to be suspended in December. Subsequently, the partner carriers involved in the loop will make individual arrangements to ensure continuity on the Asia to ECSA trade lane.
The ‘ASE3’/’ECSA3’/’LE3’/’ASAX3′ will be closed after a final sailing of Hamburg Sud’s SANTA INES, which will complete her rotation on 7 December. The loop is presently maintained with tonnage from Hanjin, CMA CGM, Hamburg Sud, CSCL and CSAV while Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line and CCNI participate through slots.
The carriers’ individual replacement solutions, as far as advertised, will look as follows:
- CSAV and Maersk Line will take slots on MSC’s standalone ‘Ipanema service’. The carriers’ participation will begin with the first sailing from Chiwan on 28 October. In order to accommodate the extra volumes, MSC will upgrade the loop’s capacity very notably: MSC has just phased the 9,403 teu newbuilding MSC ARBATAX into the ‘Ipanema’ and further compact wide-beam ships of similar dimensions will follow soon, including the MSC ALGHERO and MSC ABIDJAN. So far, the service was run with a mixed fleet of ships of 4,000 to 6,000 teu.
- CMA CGM and CSCL are expected to participate in the Far East ECSA ‘ESA’ loop so far jointly operated by Evergreen, Coscon and Zim. CMA CGM will deploy the 8,204 teu CMA CGM DON CARLOS to the service, whilst CSCL will contribute the 8,468 teu CSCL EUROPE.
The remaining participants in the to-be-closed loop have yet to advise their alternative service offerings.
Once more, MSC does not fail to impress – the Swiss-Italo carrier went from a very humble start in the Asia-ECSA trade to become the sole operator of a standalone high-capacity loop within less than eight months.
Hamburg Süd will put in service next week the new 3,868 teu container ship CAP CLEVELAND, which the carrier charters from the German non-operating owner F. A. Vinnen & Co. The vessel had been essentially ready for two months, but appears to have been mothballed at the yard until Hamburg Süd needed it.
Hamburg Sud will phase the ship into its WCNA to Australia and New Zealand service, jointly offered with CMA CGM and ANL. On this loop, the new ship will replace the 3,104 teu CAP EGMONT.
The CAP CLEVELAND is the first of two SDARI 3800 type vessels that Vinnen had ordered in September 2010 at Shanghai Shipyard for a reported price of USD 50 million per ship. The second vessel, also ready but not yet in service, will come on stream as CAP CORAL. For Vinnen, the two ships are accounted for under the proforma names MERKUR FJORD and MERKUR OCEAN.