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Maersk extends Indonesian ‘IA4’ coverage

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.


P3 setup update: Far East – North America

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:

Far East – WCNA ‘SEA’ service to be boosted

Ulf Kornfeld

The 10,020 teu COSCO TAICANG, chartered by Wan Hai Lines for the Transpacific trade / Credit: Ulf Kornfeld

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.

Hamburg Sud opts for slots on Asia – ECSA trade lane to compensate for ‘NGX3’ closure

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.

P3 setup update: Far East – Europe

As reported earlier, the proposed Far East to (Northern) Europe network of the P3 will consist of eight weekly loops. This compares to the present set up of nine loops for Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM. The one-loop reduction will not have any meaningful capacity effect since larger ships, mainly in the form of 18,270 teu Maersk-EEE classes, are being phased-in successively.

The P3 service restructuring will see consolidation of Southeast Asia transhipment hub calls toward Tanjung Pelepas, at the expense of Singapore and Port Kelang.

Two services, the ‘Baltic / FAL7 / AE8’ and the ‘Skaw / FAL8 / AE9’ will feature direct calls in the Baltic Sea. One of the loops will reach as far as Poland, while the other will only call at Gothenburg, Sweden. Maersk Line had pioneered direct calls in the Baltic Sea with large Asia-Europe mainline tonnage, but the participation in such slings is new for MSC and CMA CGM.

The low number of calls at Rotterdam, Europe’s largest container port, comes as a major surprise. Depending upon the future patterns of feeder services and on-carriage, both Antwerp and Bremerhaven appear to benefit from the changes. Most other ports will roughly see the same number of calls as now (or one less call because of the overall reduction in loops).

The eight Far East to Europe loops look as follows (MSC name / CMA CGM name / Maersk Name):

Albatros / FAL1 / AE1: 9x 19,000 teu
Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven, Tanger Med, Suez Canal (way point), Tanjung Pelepas, Yantian (Shenzhen), Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Tanjung Pelepas, Suez Canal (way point), Algeciras, Tanger Med, Rotterdam.

Pendulum, Lion / FAL2 / AE2: 16×11,500 teu
Zeebrugge, Dunkirk, Southampton, Le Havre, Marsaxlokk, Suez Canal (way point), King Abdullah City, Jeddah, Singapore, Vung Tau (aka Cai Mep), Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian (Shenzhen) / USWC / Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian (Shenzhen), Chiwan (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Sines, Antwerp, Zeebrugge.

Shogun / FAL3 / AE5: 11×13,000 teu
Le Havre, Felixstowe, Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven, Rotterdam, Suez Canal (way point), Colombo, Tanjung Pelepas, Hong Kong, Kobe, Nagoya, Yokohama, Ningbo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Yantian (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Suez Canal (way point), Le Havre.

Condor / FAL5 / AE6: 10×8,500 teu
Southampton, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Felixstowe, Zeebrugge, Le Havre, Algeciras, Beirut, Suez Canal (way point), Port Kelang, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Suez Canal (way point), Southampton.

Swan / FAL6 / AE7: 11×13,000 teu
Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Antwerp, Suez Canal (way point), Tanjung Pelepas, Shanghai, Busan, Dalian, Tianjin (aka Xingang), Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Yantian (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Suez Canal (way point), Rotterdam.

Baltic / FAL7 / AE8: 12×14,000 teu
Bremerhaven, Gdansk, Aarhus, Bremerhaven, Felixstowe, Suez Canal (way point), Singapore, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Busan, Kwangyang, Shanghai, Yantian (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Suez Canal (way point), Bremerhaven.

Skaw / FAL8 / AE9: 12×13,000 teu
Felixstowe, Bremerhaven, Gothenburg, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Le Havre, Suez Canal (way point), Salalah, Khor Al Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Singapore, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Nansha, Yantian (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Colombo, Suez Canal (way point), Felixstowe.

Silk / FAL9 / AE10: 12×13000 teu
Le Havre, Antwerp, Hamburg, Felixstowe, Gioia Tauro, Suez Canal (way point), Khor Al Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Singapore, Yantian (Shenzhen), Tianjin (aka Xingang), Kwangyang, Busan, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Singapore, Suez Canal (way point), Le Havre.

G6 to merge two Transpacific loops for winter slack season

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 reshuffles Korea – Vietnam 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.