Hanjin Shipping has put into service the 3,614 teu container vessel HANJIN FLORIDA, the third vessel in a series of four sister ships ordered by companies related to the Ofer Family in June 2011 at Sungdong Shipyard, South Korea.
The new baby-overpanamax ship is 228m long and 37.30m (15 rows) wide. It is equipped with 500 reefer plugs and designed for moderate service speeds of no more than 21 knots.
The HANJIN FLORIDA is to join the Far East to India and Pakistan service ‘FIX’ offered jointly by Hanjin and KMTC. On this loop, the new ship will replace the 4,275 teu HANJIN DURBAN.
2013, Week 44 – from October 27 to November 2
- P3 setup update: Europe – North America
- Hanjin to halt Portland calls in 2014
- P3 setup update: Far East – North America
- Unifeeder gears up in the Mediterranean with new services centered at Algeciras
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- Delivery of 9,200 teu EVER LINKING
- CCNI and NSC order fifth 9,030 teu compact wide beam at Hanjin Philippines
- Brodosplit to build LNG-powered container ships
- Delivery of 1,756 teu SEAMASTER
South Korea’s Hanjin shipping will drop the call at Portland, Oregon, from its ‘PNH’ service in early 2014. The US West Coast port, located on the Columbia river, will therewith lose its one and only Transpacific container service.
Hanjin blamed rising handling charges and sagging longshore labor productivity for its decision. So far, the ‘PNH’ service handled an average of about 1,600 containers per week, Hanjin therewith accounts for 80 percent of Portland’s container business.
Apart from Westwood’s forest product service, which also accepts limited numbers of containers, Hapag-Lloyd’s and Hamburg Sud’s joint Panama Canal-routed Mediterranean – WCNA loop ‘MPS’ will remain the only container service left at Portland.
Hanjin’s decision is a major blow to the Manila-headquartered terminal operator ICTSI, which runs Portland’s container pier. The company is only a few years into a 25-year concession period and attracting new cargo or even new carriers to Portland is increasingly turning into an uphill task.
CCNI has added a fifth 9,030 teu ship to its pipeline. The vessel has been ordered at Hanjin Subic Bay Shipyard in the Philippines.
Just as the four earlier ships of the series, the new vessel will be owned jointly by Grupo Empresas Navieras, the majority shareholder in CCNI, and by the Hamburg-based non-operating owner NSC Schiffahrt.
Scheduled for delivery in mid-2015, the vessel has been ordered for a price of USD 81.60 million. All five units will be compact wide-beam ships with a length of 300.00m and a beam of 48.20m (19 rows). The vessels will have provisions to carry up to 1,200 reefer containers.
As of November, Yang Ming Line will begin to boost its ‘CGX’ Far East to Middle East service and inject a number of 5,551 teu vessels into the service. The ships in question are presently chartered out from Yang Ming to Coscon, and they will join the ‘CGX’ loop upon their return to the Taiwanese carrier.
Simultaneously, Yang Ming is to phase several chartered ships in the 4,250 to 4,700 teu size range out of the loop. These smaller vessels are expected to be returned to their respective non-operating owners.
Coscon so far traded the ships chartered from Yang Ming on Transpacific routes. Here, the 5,551 teu units are being replaced by Cosco-owned tonnage which has become available due to low-season adjustments and winter service withdrawals.
With one service to be removed from the CKYH Far East – WCNA portfolio, the alliance partners will increase the capacity of the Coscon-operated ‘SEA’ service and replace several of the service’s 8,200 teu units with ships of 9,000 and 10,000 teu.
Further to this, the Canadian port of Prince Rupert will be added to the loop and the former Xiamen call, suspended in May, will be reinstated.
So far, the ‘SEA’ loop had been operated by Coscon, with slot participations of the carrier’s CKYH partners K-Line, Hanjin and Yang Ming -who just took slots-, as well as slots from Wan Hai and PIL.
As part of the upcoming changes both K-Line and Wan Hai Line are to become vessel operators on the loop. K-Line will phase its 9,040 teu HUMEN BRIDGE into the service, while Wan Hai will charter the 10,020 teu COSCO TAICANG, from Coscon and bring the ship into the loop.
Through the fleet upgrade, the ‘SEA’ loop’s average weekly capacity will increase from ca 8,200 teu to ca 9,250 teu.
The revised operation will deploy six vessels on a 42-day round trip along following port rotation: Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian (Shenzhen), Xiamen, Long Beach, Prince Rupert, Nansha.
2013, Week 42 – from October 13 to October 19
- P3 alliance setup unveiled
- Hanjin reshuffles Korea – Vietnam service
- Far East – ECSA reshuffle prompts MSC to upgrade ‘Ipanema’ loop
- Maersk-Seago adds a Germany – Finland – Russia feeder
- K-Line merges Transpacific loops
- Maersk adds a Sydney call to Straits – New Zealand service
- NYK take slots on Hanjin operated Transpacific service
- Cheng Lie adds Korea – Vietnam service through slots
- PDL to launch new intra-Pacific Islands service
- Natship adds Port Everglades call to Puerto Rico service
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