BG Freight Line, a subsidiary of the UK’s Peel Ports Group, is to suspend its weekly intra-Iberia service, so far run with the 868 teu vessels BERIT and BOTTENVIK.
At the same time, the Rotterdam-based operator is to take slots allocations on the Spain-related services of Unifeeder. The Danish short sea and feeder line had recently opened a number of new services in the Western Med and along the southwest European Atlantic coast, centered on the Gibraltar Straits hub port of Algeciras.
BG Freight will offer following coverage:
- Algeciras, Vigo, Bilbao, Algeciras
- Algeciras, Lisbon, Leixoes, Algeciras
The BOTTENVIK has been chartered by Maersk Line Seago for the Levant – Black Sea ‘Citrus’ season.
The Swiss-Italo operator MSC and its partner CSAV are to add a call at the new Saudi Arabian port of King Abdullah to their joint North Europe – Middle East – India ‘IPAK’ service. Starting with the voyage of the 8,762 teu MSC ANTIGUA, King Abullah Port will be served from 2 November with calls in the eastbound direction.
King Abdullah is a new development located about 100km north of Jeddah on the Saudi Red Sea Coast. The new deep-water container terminal is a joint venture between the Saudi developers of King Abullah Economic City, a large business, industrial and residential complex, and Terminal Investments Limited (TIL). This Dutch-registered port operator is a sister company of MSC.
The ‘IPAK’s’ revised rotation reads: Rotterdam, Antwerp, Felixstowe, Suez Canal (way point), King Abdullah City, Jeddah, Salalah, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Jeddah, Suez Canal (way point), Gioia Tauro, Valencia, Rotterdam.
Under the proposed new Far East to Europe / Med pattern of the P3 alliance, subject to regulatory approval and likely to be implemented in 2014, King Abdullah Port is to be added to the ‘Lion/FAL2/AE2’, ‘Dragon/WMED1/AE20’ and ‘Tiger/AEGEX/AE15’ services.
As of today, the German short sea shipping and logistics company Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei (OPDR) will add the port of Huelva to its network. The Spanish Andalusian port will be served as part of the shipping line’s ‘SEBI’, a loop which connects the European northern range with the Iberian peninsula and the Canaries.
The service has the following rotation: Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Leixoes, Lisbon, Sevilla, Las Palmas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Cadiz, Huelva (new), Bilbao.
OPDR now deploys four vessels on the service, the OPDR LISBOA, OPDR LA PALMAS, OPDR CADIZ – which made an inaugural trial call on Sep 24 – and the OPDR TANGER, which today officially opened the new destination.
OPDR is therefore now the only shipping line to call at Huelva with a full container service.
The addition of Huelva to the ‘SEBI’ follows the recent addition of Bilbao to the service. At this occasion, the North European feeder operator Teamlines began taking slots on the Northern Range to Bilbao leg of the service and dropped Bilbao from one of its own weekly feeders.
2013, Week 39 – from September 22 to September 28
- EUGEN MAERSK phase-in to launch ‘AE2’ upgrade to superjumbo scale
- Samskip to launch weekly Norway loop from Rotterdam
- OOCL becomes operator on Zim’s Black Sea loop ‘EMX’
- CKYH scales down Far East – ECNA offer for slack season
- Zim reorganises Greece – Black Sea – Israel services
- PDL service drops Napier call
- OPDR and Team Line to open new North Europe – Bilbao service
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The north European container line and logistics group Samskip Multimodal on Wednesday announced the launch of a new weekly shortsea service between Rotterdam and the Norwegian West Coast. The loop, scheduled to begin sailing on 30 September, will call at Rotterdam, Tananger, Bergen and Alesund. Samskip will deploy the geared 518 teu vessel PIONEER BAY on the seven-day round trip.
Samskip noted that, in addition to the fixed set of ports, inducement calls at other Norwegian ports were possible.
The new loop will primarily compete with the services of Northsea Container Line, which deploys a fleet of six small mpp and container ships on various rotations between the northrange ports of Rotterdam, Hamburg and Bremerhaven and numerous small Norwegian ports.
The Hamburg-based specialist carrier Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei (OPDR), a member of the Schulte Group and Team Lines, a subsidiary of the Belgian Delphis Group, have announced the launch of a new joint service from northern Europe to Spain.
As of mid-October, OPDR and Team Lines will offer weekly fixed-day sailings on the rotation Rotterdam, Bilbao, Felixstowe, Rotterdam.
The service will be launched on 11 October with a first southbound departure of the OPDR-operated 698 teu vessel OPDR CADIZ. The ship will be redeployed from the German shipping line’s Northern Europe to Canaries loop.
For the time being, it appears that – even though the two carriers announced a ‘joint’ loop – OPDR will be the sole vessel provider on the service whereas Team Lines only takes slots.
OPDR said it will offer all equipment types on the new route, including 45-foot pallet-wide high-cube containers and 45-foot pallet-wide high-cube reefers.
The European shortsea container specialist Unifeeder today announced the launch of a new service from the northern France port of Dunkerque to Russia’s St Petersburg.
Unifeeder said the loop was scheduled to launch in early November with weekly departures and it would feature a stopover at Rotterdam, where connections with other Unifeeder services are offered.
According to the carrier the new loop will focus on the French market and reefer containers to Russia. The reefer service aims in particular at the agricultural and food sectors.
The shipping line commented: ‘After a great success with the opening of our Antwerp to St. Petersburg service in the beginning of 2012 and with increasing cargo volumes from France, we feel confident that there is a highly interesting market in France’.
Unifeeder currently deploy six vessels between Russia and port of Germany and the Benelux countries, as well as one vessel which serves Gdynia and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.
For Dunkirk, Unifeeder’s new service will be second link to St Petersburg, adding to CMA CGM’s ‘St Petersburg A’ Baltic service.
Unifeeder is the largest lolo shortsea operator in Northern Europe and it operates a fleet of over 40 vessels in the size range from 700 to 1,600 teu. The carrier refers to itself as the ‘asset light logistics company’ since its entire vessel fleet is time chartered. Since April this year, Unifeeder is owned by the Stockholm-based private equity investment firm Nordic Capital.