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
Fleet & Finance
- 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
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.
Hanjin’s shipyard at Subic Bay in the Philippines has bagged three orders for container ships from an undisclosed European owner for delivery in the second half of 2015.
While neither the orders themselves nor the identity of the owner have been announced officially, Technomar is believed to be behind the deal. The Greek shipowner had signed firm orders for two 6,900 teu vessels at Hanjin Philippines in February, with at least two options attached to the contract.
These two firmly-ordered Technomar ships are scheduled for delivery in January and March of 2015, respectively. They are compact units with a length overall of about 270m and a wide beam of 42.80m, or 17 rows, The vessels will be powered by an ultra-long-stroke MAN B&W main engine of the manufacturer’s G-series .
The three additional units meanwhile are believed to be larger and it appears that Technomar has renegotiated its 6,700 teu original ship options into firm orders for 9,000 teu vessels. Technomar would therewith join CCNI, NSC and Costamare, who all signed 9,000 teu container ships at Hanjin Philippines.
Further to these, the Greek shipowner Embiricos and its management company International Maritime Enterprises have reportedly renegotiated orders for two 6,700 teu units at the yard into ships of 9,000 teu. This alleged move however, has not been confirmed so far.
With effect from 27 September, Hyundai Merchant Marine will add a second Manila call to its ‘FTS’ service, which links South Korea and China with Vietnam and Thailand, with a stopover in the Philippines.
At the same time, Hyundai will extend the round trip duration of the loop from 21 to 28 days. In order to maintain weekly departures, the Korean Shipping Line will charter the 1,740 teu newbuilding BINDI IPSA and deploy her on the revised loop.
The vessel is presently nearing completion at Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard and she is to be delivered to Ipsa Maritime, a subsidiary of the investment company Ipsa Capital, in two weeks’ time.
The newbuilding will trade alongside the 2,181 teu sisters HYUNDAI STRIDE and HYUNDAI SPRINTER, and the 1,740 teu HANSA MAGDEBURG – another Guangzhou Wenchong standard type.
Since the extra Manila call as such does not require an entire extra week, the extension of the service to 28 days also adds a degree of slow-steaming to the ‘FTS’ loop.
As of late September, the revised rotation will look as follows: Busan, Shanghai, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, Laem Chabang, Manila, Qingdao, Busan.
The Japanese carrier NYK has expanded its Philippines coverage this month by taking slots on two services of Mariana Express Lines (MELL). Both of these loops are small-scale offerings that link minor ports in Philippines to the hub ports of Kaohsiung and / or Hong Kong, where transhipment to deep-sea mainline services is offered. NYK will market its new slot allocations as its ‘PH1’ and ‘PH2’ services.
The ‘PH1’ service calls at: Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Naha, General Santos, Davao, Cagayan De Oro, Hong Kong and offers weekly departures with ships of around 1,350 teu.
The ‘PH2’ service calls at: Hong Kong, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu and offers fortnightly sailings with one 1,800 teu ship. NYK’s slot-buying is limited to the Hong Kong to Cagayan De Oro link and vice versa.
Further to this, NYK also began slotting on a third loop of Mariana Express Lines, which the Japanese carrier will brand as its ‘PH3’. This service will give NYK an additional link to Vietnam.
The ‘PH3’ service is a weekly Kaohsiung – Haiphong – Kaohsiung shuttle, operated with a single 700 teu ship. NYK’s slot allocation appears to be limited to the eastbound direction. OOCL and Hyundai Merchant Marine already slot on this loop, whereas CNC, which used to have a capacity allocation here, quit in May.
APL is to double this week the capacity of its standalone ‘MNX’ Kaohsiung to Philippines shuttle. The 2,468 teu APL DALIAN will phase out of the single-ship service to be replaced by the 4,700 teu APL LOS ANGELES, which again after one month on the ‘MNX’ will be replaced by the 4,308 teu APL RIYADH.
The weekly service, on which MOL and Hyundai take slots, will continue to call at Kaohsiung, Subic Bay, Manila and Kaohsiung.