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 Mediterranean Shipping Company will add a call at Auckland to its weekly Straits to Australia and New Zealand service ‘Capricorn’. The 2,770 teu charter vessel CAPE MADRID will be the first ship of the loop to visit Auckand’s Fergusson Terminal on 5 September.
The revised rotation of the loop stands as follows: Singapore, Jakarta, Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Bluff, Otago (Port Chalmers), Timaru, Lyttelton, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland, Brisbane, Singapore.
The ‘Capricorn’ is an MSC standalone operation. It turns in 49 days with a fleet of seven ships in the size range from 2,500 to 4,000 teu.
Further to our earlier announcement that MOL would be extending its Indonesia coverage through slots on Regional Container Line’s ‘RTI’ service, it now appears that RCL will, in return, take slots on MOL’s ‘NKX’ service between the Singapore Straits, India and Pakistan.
The latter service is a joint operation of the Japanese carrier, which provides two 4,380 teu vessels, and Samudera, which provides the 4,600 teu NORTHERN POWER.
The slot exchange will take effect on 26 June.
Effective 15 June, Korean carrier Nam Sung will take slots on the Korea – Indonesia ‘PJX’ service, that fellow Korean operators Sinokor, Heung-A and STX PanOcean opened at the end of March.
The ‘PJX’ turns in three weeks and calls at: Kwangyang, Busan, Ulsan, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Kwangyang. Hong Kong’s TS Lines already started to take slots on the ‘PJX’ in May.
Each of the loop’s three operators presently contributes one ship to the joint fleet. STX Pan Ocean and Heung-A supply the Wenchong 1,740 teu sisters STX HONG KONG and HANSA FRESENBURG, while Sinokor contributes the German-built 1,512 teu ship SAWASDEE LAEM CHABANG.
MOL will soon add two services to its Indonesian reach. The Japanese carrier will offer these through slots on existing services, operated respectively by Advance Container Lines, a subsidiary of PIL, and Regional Container Lines.
As of 4 June, MOL will be slotting on ACL’s Singapore – Jakarta shuttle. MOL will be offering weekly sailing on the short rotation, while ACL continues to deploy two ships.
As of 26 June, MOL will be slotting on RCL’s ‘Thailand – Indonesia’ service ‘RTI’, a loop calling at: Bangkok, Laem Chabang, Singapore, Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok.
The ‘RTI’ turns in two weeks and is maintained by the 1,288 teu sisters YANTRA BHUM and XETHA BHUM.
The Chinese intra-Asia carrier SITC has closed its ‘VTI’ China Vietnam Thailand service which called at Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Laem Chabang and Jakarta.
All three of the 1,500 to 1,700 teu ships formerly employed on the 21-day round trip have phased already out. The move also affects Cheng Lie Navigation, which used to slot on the ‘VTI’ under an exchange agreement.
At least some of the chartered vessels trading on the ‘VTI’ are expected to be returned to their owners.
The Japanese carrier NYK is taking slots on two North Asia – Indonesia services, with immediate effect, to expand its coverage in the region.
The service henceforth marketed as ‘NIS’ by NYK, is the brand new China-Korea-Indoneasia loop ‘CKI’, jointly operated by Hanjin, KMTC and TS Lines, with 2,500 to 2,900 vessels. It has a fixed-day four-week rotation, calling at: Qingdao, Inchon, Busan, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shekou, Singapore, Jakarta, Shekou, Hong Kong and Qingdao.
The ‘NIS2’, to use the NYK name, is the China-Indonesia loop operated by CMA CGM and its intra-Asia specialist subsidiary Cheng Lie Navigation (CNC), with four 3,500 vessels. The loop also trades on a four-week rotation and it calls at: Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Surabaya, Manila, Hong Kong and Qingdao.
These two ‘new’ Qingdao-based services complement NYK’s existing coverage of Indonesia, which so far focused on Japan:
Japan was connected with the newly reshuffled ‘Pegasus 1’ and ‘Pegasus 2’ services. NYK now connects China, and Korea, to Jakarta. This is also the first connection to Surabaya beyond Singapore feeders.