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.
As previously announced on linervision, Maersk Line is to reorganise its ‘Northern’ and ‘Southern’ Star Asia to ANZ butterfly loop into two independent services:
- a Straits – ANZ service served by five Odense-built 4,500 teu high-reefer L-class baby-overpanamax ships
- a Straits – New Zealand service with the following coverage: Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Nelson, Wellington, Tauranga, Tanjung Pelepas.
Contrary to earlier statements, the latter of these will turn in five weeks, not in six weeks. The implementation of the revised pattern is a gradual process, as there will only be one sailing every fortnight during July and August, with weekly sailings ensured as of mid-September only. Hapag-Lloyd confirmed its participation as a slot buyer and will brand the offer as its ‘NZA2’.
In addition to the Thailand-extension of Maersk Line’s and Safmarines ‘Mashariki’, it turns out that Maersk will lengthen a second Africa-related loop, which so far turned in the Singapore Straits, to Laem Chabang.
As of mid-July, the Danish carrier’s ‘Horn of Africa’ service will be extended to Laem Chabang and will thus become the first loop to offer a direct connection between Thailand and Port Sudan. In order to accommodate the extra steaming distance, the loop’s round trip time will be increased from 42 days to 49 days and a seventh ship will be added.
The revised rotation reads: Tanjung Pelepas, Jebel Ali, Djibouti, Jeddah, Port Sudan, Laem Chabang, Djibouti, Tanjung Pelepas. The new port of Laem Chabang will first be visited by the 3,604 teu NEDLLOYD AFRICA.
As was announced Mid-May, a group of six carriers consisting of Maersk, CMA CGM, Hamburg-Süd, CSAV, CSCL and Hanjin, have decided to cooperate in the Far East – ECSA lane and to replace three existing loops with three new services of somewhat lower capacity.
Maersk Line and CMA CGM have revealed the details of the first of these loops. It will turn in 77 days as expected but two ships have yet to be nominated. Whereas a nomination for the second sailing from Busan on 10 July is highly likely, it seems that 15 August will actually see a blank sailing from Korea and that the loop will actually deploy 10 ships only.
Vessels nominated so far have capacities ranging from 7,450 to 8,700 teu and the average capacity of the loop is expected in line with the carriers announcement, around 8,000 teu / week.
The rotation also is in line with what was originally announced, with the exception of Santos which is now the first South American port : Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian (Shenzhen), Hong Kong, Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Santos, Sepetiba, Itapoa, Itajai, Paranagua, Santos, Sepetiba, Coega (aka Ngqura), Singapore, Hong Kong, Busan.
Effective July, MCC Transport, the intra-Asia specialist of the APM-M group and sister company of Maersk Line, is to add coverage of Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia to its ‘IA5’ service.
The 1,118 teu VEGA FYNEN will inaugurate the service’s revised rotation which reads as follows: Tanjung Pelepas, Laem Chabang, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Shanghai, Kaohsiung, Manila (South and North), Tanjung Pelepas (new), Singapore (new), Semarang (new), Surabaya (new), Tanjung Pelepas.
MCC already modified the ‘IA5’ loop at the end of April, removing the Korean call at Busan and the northward Russian extension to Vostochny. At this occasion, the service’s rotation was shortened from five to four weeks, with one ship cut from the fleet. It is now due to be stretched again, to allow for the service to be extended south to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
The loop is presently staffed with ships of around 1,700 teu. Some of the services fleet is to be exchanged and three of the five future ‘IA5’ ship have yet to be nominated.
One of the vessels soon to phase-out, the 1,730 teu WEHR BLANKENESE, is actually moved to a new Singapore – Malaysia service. The vessel will start a fixed-day weekly rotation between Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore and Penang as of 25 June.
Maersk Line this week revealed that the second of its ultra-large triple-E container vessels will join the carrier’s AE10 Asia Europe service at Busan on 12 of August. The ship will phase-in four weeks after the service entry of the series’ lead ship MAERSK MC-KINNEY MOLLER and it will take the place of the 9,661 teu BUTTERFLY, which Maersk sub-chartered from CMA CGM as a stand-in for the damaged EMMA MAERSK. In contrast to earlier reports, which suggested that MARY MAERSK would be the second triple-E to enter commercial service, the Danish carrier now shows MAJESTIC MAERSK as ship number two.
Furthermore, another interesting detail has been revealed: Maersk Line will follow Hamburg Süd’s recent example with the CAP SAN NICOLAS and send the MAERSK MC-KINNEY MOLLER to the Russian Far East for bunkering. Sending newbuilt ships from South Korea on an ‘extended sea trial’ to either Vladivostok or Vostochny to take advantage of lower-priced bunker fuels in Russia appears to be a new trend and seems to catch on. So it is not unlikely that the MAJESTIC MAERSK will follow down the same path in early August.
The maiden voyage of the MAJESTIC MAERSK will look as follows:
Busan 12/13 August, Kwangyang 13/14 August, Ningbo 15/16 August, Shanghai-Yangshan 17/18 August, Yantian 21/22 August, Tanjung Pelepas 25/26 August, Suez Canal Passage 06 September, Rotterdam 13/14 September, Bremerhaven 15/16 September, Gdansk 18/21 September, Aarhus 30 September, Gothenburg 01/02 October, Bremerhaven 03/04 October, Rotterdam 05/06 October, Tanger Med 10/12 October, Suez Canal Passage 17/18 October, Singapore 01/02 November.
Effective July, Maersk Line is to reorganise its Straits – Australia and New Zealand coverage with a thorough revisit of its combined ‘Northern Star’ and ‘Southern Star’ service, a butterfly loop organized around Tanjung Pelepas and Singapore. The two-loop pattern presently consists of alternating sailings from the Straits hubs to Australia and New Zealand’s North Island (northern wing) and to New Zealand’s Northern and Southern Islands (southern wing). A joint fleet of ten ships of about 2,800 teu maintains the service whereby the ships switch between the two wings after each round trip.
Maersk Line will now effectively separate the two wings of the butterfly into two distinct services, each operated by its own dedicated fleet. The move will go hand in hand with a notable increase in vessels size. The newly separated loops will not be exact copies for the northern and southern wings, as Maersk Line will incorporate some additional changes.
The new ‘New Zealand service’ will call at: Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Nelson, Wellington, Tauranga, Tanjung Pelepas. It will turn in six weeks and will be served by a fleet of 2,800+ vessels so far employed on the butterfly. It has yet to be confirmed whether five or six ships will be deployed. Unlike the former northern wing which called at Brisbane, there is no Australia call.
The new ‘Australia & New Zealand service’ will call at: Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Auckland, Brisbane, Lyttelton, Otago (Port Chalmers), Tanjung Pelepas. It will turn in five weeks and will be served by the Odense-built Maersk L-series of 4,500 teu baby-overpanamax vessels: LEDA MAERSK, LAUST MAERSK, LICA MAERSK, LAURA MAERSK, and LEXA MAERSK.
Maersk Line’s 4,500 teu Odense-L-type ships will be re-deployed from their previous assignment to the ‘ME4’, a West Med – Subcontinent service, which is currently in the process of being shut down, as cargo liftings are to be ensured by the up-gauged ‘ME2’.
While the Danish carrier thus found a new home for five of the 4,500 teu vessels in the New-Zealand trade, it has yet to announce the fate of the five displaced 2,800 teu units. Some of them might be re-assigned withn the Maersk network, temporarily idled, or returned to owners. The influx of the L-classes alone will result in a weekly capacity increase of about 1,700 teu on the Straits to Australia and New Zealand trade lane.