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
- Delivery of 3,820 AMERICO VESPUCIO
- Delivery of 1,948 SINOTRANS TIANJIN
- Delivery of 13,208 NYK HYPERION
- Delivery of 18,720 teu MARIE MAERSK
The Swiss-Italo operator MSC and its partner CSAV are to add a call at the new Saudi Arabian port of King Abdullah to their joint North Europe – Middle East – India ‘IPAK’ service. Starting with the voyage of the 8,762 teu MSC ANTIGUA, King Abullah Port will be served from 2 November with calls in the eastbound direction.
King Abdullah is a new development located about 100km north of Jeddah on the Saudi Red Sea Coast. The new deep-water container terminal is a joint venture between the Saudi developers of King Abullah Economic City, a large business, industrial and residential complex, and Terminal Investments Limited (TIL). This Dutch-registered port operator is a sister company of MSC.
The ‘IPAK’s’ revised rotation reads: Rotterdam, Antwerp, Felixstowe, Suez Canal (way point), King Abdullah City, Jeddah, Salalah, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Jeddah, Suez Canal (way point), Gioia Tauro, Valencia, Rotterdam.
Under the proposed new Far East to Europe / Med pattern of the P3 alliance, subject to regulatory approval and likely to be implemented in 2014, King Abdullah Port is to be added to the ‘Lion/FAL2/AE2’, ‘Dragon/WMED1/AE20’ and ‘Tiger/AEGEX/AE15’ services.
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.
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.
2013, Week 39 – from September 22 to September 28
- EUGEN MAERSK phase-in to launch ‘AE2’ upgrade to superjumbo scale
- Samskip to launch weekly Norway loop from Rotterdam
- OOCL becomes operator on Zim’s Black Sea loop ‘EMX’
- CKYH scales down Far East – ECNA offer for slack season
- Zim reorganises Greece – Black Sea – Israel services
- PDL service drops Napier call
- OPDR and Team Line to open new North Europe – Bilbao service
Fleet & Finance
Daewoo-Mangalia Heavy Industries (DMHI) at Mangalia on the Black Sea, the Romanian subsidiary of South Korea’s DSME Shipyard, has delivered the 8,600 teu container vessel CSAV TRAIGUEN to the London-based non-operating owner Zodiac Maritime.
The vessel is the second unit of a quartet of sister ships that Zodiac ordered in April 2011 for long-term charters to CSAV of which one unit has since been reallocated to Eastern Pacific Shipmanagement. The vessel was originally slated for delivery in August, but the series’ individual units have been deferred by several months because of the lasting overcapacity situation in the global liner trade.
With a length overall of 299.99m and a beam of 48.20m (19 rows), the ship has a deadweight of 116,000 tons. Powered by an MAN B&W main engine rated at 47,500 KW, the ship has a commercial speed of 21.9 knots.
The new vessel is named after Traiguen, a city in the Araucania region of Chile’s Malleco Province, Araucanía Region.
After a positioning trip, the CSAV TRAIGUEN will replaced the 8,402 teu CSAV TALTAL on the joint ‘Andes Express 1’ of CSAV, MSC and CMA CGM. After a spell of just under one year with CSAV, this ship is expected to be returned to the non-operating owners Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt under the proforma name NORTHERN JUVENILE.
The remaining two sister vessels of the Daewoo Mangalia quartet, CSAV TRANCURA (Eastern Pacific) and CSAV TYNDALL (Zodiac) are scheduled for delivery in January and April of 2014, respectively.
The German container line Hamburg Süd, a specialist carrier for the trade between the northern and southern hemispheres, has taken delivery of the 9,669 teu container vessel CAP SAN AUGUSTIN.
The ship is number four in Hamburg Süd’s series of larger high-reefer vessels designed for the South America trades. Hamburg Süd ordered another three large container ships at Hyundai Heavy in June, which are believed to be further sisters of the ‘Cap San’ type and which would take the series to 13 vessels.
Equipped with onboard generators to supply up to 2,100 temperature controlled forty-foot containers with electricity, the new ship and her sisters are the world’s largest reefer container vessels.
Hamburg Süd deploys the Hyundai-built ship to its Far East to ECSA service, offered in co-operation with Hanjin, CSCL and CSAV. Today, the ship is positioning from the Korean yard to Shanghai, where she will phase into the loop.
Until mid-2014, the German shipping line is to receive at least ten sister vessels of the new type. The first six units will be owned by the carrier, whereas the last four ships have been ordered via the Greek non-operating owner Enesel, who will charter them to Hamburg Süd on a long term basis. Three more Hamburg Süd-owned units could then follow thereafter.
The CAP SAN AUGUSTIN follows the CAP SAN LORENZO, delivered in August.