Maersk – Seago has re-opened its seasonal Levant – Black Sea service, a loop which is – among others – aimed at citrus fruit and other agricultural products.
The loop which was suspended in late May re-opens today with a first sailing of the 1,155 teu ORKUN KALKAVAN from Mersin. After a single inaugural round voyage, the vessel is to be replaced by the MAERSK ARUN, who will sail alongside the 968 teu BOTTENVIK, so far employed by BG Freight.
The rotation reads as follows: Mersin, Ashdod, Novorossiysk, Mersin.
Along with the begin of this winter’s citrus season, the French carrier CMA CGM is to re-open its seasonal container liner service between Egypt to the Black Sea. The new weekly fixed-day loop will serve two purposes:
- Firstly, it will act as a fruit-oriented direct service from Damietta and Port Said to Novorossiysk, Russia’s main Black Sea import gateway for persihables.
- Secondly, it will take over the role of CMA CGM’s Turkey to Novorossiysk Black Sea feeder, which is to be integrated into the wider rotation of the new Egypt to Russia link and whose only vessel – the 677 teu MARINA – will be absorbed by the new service.
Starting from 6 October, two ships will be employed on a 14-day round trip, calling at: Damietta, Port Said, Ambarli (Istanbul Area), Novorossiysk, Gemlik, Thessaloniki, Piraeus, Damietta
In addition to the aforementioned MARINA, the French Line will deploy the 694 teu JRS CAPELLA to the service.
United Feeder Services will participate and take a slot allocation on the new connection.
Maersk Line is to revise the rotation of its ‘Ecumed’ Black Sea to West Coast of South America service with the addition of westbound calls at Izmir and at the central Med hub of Marsaxlokk. The new westbound call at Malta will come in addition to the Ecumed’s present eastbound calls, whereas Izmir was not served by the ‘Ecumed’ so far.
The revised rotation reads as follows: Novorossiysk, Ambarli, Izmit, Izmir (new), Marsaxlokk (new), Algeciras, Caucedo, Manzanillo (Pan), Panama Canal (waypoint), Buenaventura, Guayaquil, Balboa, Panama Canal (waypoint), Manzanillo (Pan), Algeciras, Marsaxlokk, Izmit, Ambarli, Yuzhnyy, Novorossiysk.
The 3,078 MAERSK BOGOR has inaugurated the new rotation with last week’s northbound sailing from Buenaventura and the first call at the new port of Izmir is scheduled for 5 November.
Along with the addition of the two calls, the service rotation is extended from nine to ten weeks and a tenth ship, the 3,078 teu MAERSK BALI, will be redeployed to the ‘Ecumed’ in order to maintain weekly sailings.
Starting with today’s call by the 1,155 teu ERKAN K, CMA CGM will begin to serve Samsun, a Turkish Black Sea port located in the province of the same name.
The French Line begins calling at Samsun with its Malta to Black Sea Feeder number 1 on a fortnightly basis. CMA CGM said that the addition of Samsun expanded its portfolio of Turkish calls to twelve ports.
The Malta – Black Sea service turns in three weeks along the following rotation: Marsaxlokk, Constantza, Novorossiysk, Poti, Trabzon, Samsun (new, fortnighly), Odessa, Constantza, Varna, Marsaxlokk.
The carrier announced that Samsun calls are to become weekly in October. At this time CMA CGM is expected to re-launch its seasonal ‘Citrus’ loop from Port Said, Egypt, to Turkey, which this year, might incorporate a new Samsun call.
In addition to last week’s news announcing the launch of a new Greece to Black Sea service by Evergreen Marine, it now turns out that the service is a joint operation of the Evergreen affiliate Italia Marittima and United Feeder Services.
Each of the two companies will provide one ship. Italia Marittima will contribute the recently-chartered 977 teu BFP MELODY and UFS brings in the 1,155 teu MURAT K .
The weekly ‘East Black Sea’ service starts operations this week-end and it calls at Piraeus, Istanbul, Poti and Novorossiysk. One round trip takes 14 days.
Evergreen is set to open a new Greece to Black Sea service, branded ‘EBS’.
The ‘East Black Sea’ service will call at Piraeus, Istanbul, Poti and Novorossiysk, and two vessels are to be employed, to maintain a fixed-day two-week rotation: the ships will be the 1,155 teu MURAT K and a yet to be nominated ship in the 1,000 teu size range.
The new service adds to an existing Greece – Black Sea loop of Evergreen and X-Press feeders that serves Novorossyisk, Odessa, Constanza and Varna. It does also confirm Piraeus’ status as an east Mediterranean hub for the Taiwanese carrier, who now has ten intra-Med services (of their own or through slots), connecting via Piraeus to the CKYH’ Far East to Med loop ‘MD1’ and to its standalone Far East to North Europe loop ‘CES’, which calls at Piraeus both east- and westbound.
Seago Line, the Intra Europe specialist of the Maersk Group, is to suspend its seasonal service between Israel and Russia, at the end of May.
The Ashdod – Novorossiysk shuttle opened in November 2012, as part of a northern hemisphere winter program under which a number of fast reefer loops are established. The loop originally served Mersin, which was dropped in late February.
Two ships have been deployed on this rotation: the 868 teu ANGELA and the 997 teu VEGA AQUILA, which are expected to be redelivered to their respective owners.
This follows the recent suspension of the ‘sister’ loop run by CMA CGM (read: East Med Citrus services come to a halt).
MSC maintains direct Israel-Russia Black Sea services, alongside Zim who operates the 1,702 teu ODESSA STAR and the 1,296 teu WARNOW PORPOISE on its ‘BSX’ service.