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 Greek non-operating owner Thenamaris has taken delivery of the 5,000 teu baby-overpanamax vessel SEADREAM: The new ship is the second of two sisters that Thenamaris ordered in June 2011 at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries of South Korea.
The 255.40m long and 37.40m (15 rows) wide ship has a commercial speed of 21.5 knots and is powered by a MAN B&W 6G80ME-C9.2 main engine, rated at about 27.000 kW.
While unit one of the duo was taken up by Maersk Line, Thenamaris’ SEADREAM appears to be charter free for the moment.
Unifeeder, the Denmark-based common feeder and shortsea operator that recently acquired the Mediterranean feeder carrier United Feeder Services, keeps expanding its presence in Southern Europe.
In September, Unifeeder had announced the launch of an Algeciras – Italy service. The loop was opened with the backing of Maersk Line which shut one of its own services in the trade and which opted for slots on the new Unifeeder loop instead. The new Unifeeder service was scheduled to launch with the following rotation: Algeciras, Vado Ligure, Livorno, Naples, Salerno, Marsaxlokk, Algeciras.
It now turns out that Unifeeder will in fact operate this service as an Algeciras-based butterfly loop with an Italy wing and a Portugal wing. Therefore, a third ship has been deployed to maintain weekly sailings on what is now a 21-day rotation. The extended loop now incorporates the aforementioned Italy coverage as well as calls at Lisbon and Leixoes.
The Portugal – Algeciras – Italy butterfly looks as follows:
Algeciras, Vado Ligure, Livorno, Naples, Salerno, Marsaxlokk, Algeciras, Lisbon, Leixoes, Algeciras.
Further to this, Unifeeder has launched another Algeciras-based butterfly which covers ports in Spain and in France. This weekly service also turns in 21 days with a fleet of three vessels.
While both loops rotate in three weeks with three ships, they differ in one main aspect: The Portugal and Italy service has two longer wings, whereas the Spain and France loop is a three winged butterfly with three consecutive sub-slings of somewhat shorter duration.
The Algeciras-based Spain and France triple butterfly looks as follows:
Algeciras, Barcelona, Fos-sur-mer, Algeciras, Valencia, Algeciras, Vigo, Bilbao, Algeciras.
To staff these loops with vessels, Unifeeder has been quite active in the charter market and secured five ships of about 1,700 teu and one slightly smaller unit.
Maersk Line is to take delivery this week of the 18,270 teu MARIE MAERSK from South Korea’s DSME shipyard. The vessel is the fourth unit in the carrier’s series of 20 ultra-large triple-E container ships and it will phase into Maersk’s ‘AE10’ Far East to Europe and Baltic Sea service, where it is to replace the 15,500 teu EUGEN MAERSK.
Before phase-in, the ship will perform a bunkering trip to Vostochniy to take advantage of the lower prices of heavy fuel oil in the Russian Northeast.
In the EEE-type series, the MARIE MAERSK follows the MARY MAERSK, delivered in early September.
The MARIE MAERSK is 399.00 m long and 59.00 m (23 rows) wide. The ship is powered by a fully redundant twin-engine, twin-propeller and twin-rudder propulsion system. Two MAN B&W 8S80ME-C 9.2 engines, each fitted with an exhaust gas economizer, provide an MCR of 29,680 kW per unit and drive the ship at a moderate service speed of 22 knots. The EEE-series’ reefer capacity has not been disclosed but it is estimated at around 1,800 units.
Maersk Line will add a new weekly link from Florida to Central America to its portfolio. As of 7 November, the carrier will begin to buy slots on the Miami to Santo Tomas and Puerto Cortes loop of Simatech USA and market them under the name ‘Baktun Service’.
Launched in July, the Simatech loop has therewith attracted its fourth slot partner, as Maersk follows in the footsteps of Zim, Hapag-Lloyd and Evergreen.
The service deploys the 1,083 teu ship STADT RENDSBURG, which was recently sold and which is to be renamed BOSTON TRADER.
Simatech USA is a newly founded US-registered company. It is liked to Simatech, the Dubai-headquartered Middle East regional carrier.
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.
Maersk Line will broaden the coverage of its Straits – New Zealand service next month and add an Australian call to the loop. As of 1 November, the weekly service will start calling at Sydney (Botany Bay) en route to New Zealand. The 2,833 teu JENS MAERSK will inaugurate the new call.
In spite of the extra call, the service will continue to turn in 35 days with a fleet of five ships. The revised rotation stands as follows: Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Sydney, Nelson, Wellington, Tauranga, Tanjung Pelepas.
The service originates from the split of Maersk Line’s previous ‘Northern and Southern Star’ butterfly loop, which the carrier split into two separate operations in July.
The other loop will remain unchanged and it continues to serve Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Brisbane, Auckland, Lyttelton, Otago (Port Chalmers), Tanjung Pelepas.