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Maersk extends Indonesian ‘IA4’ coverage

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.


P3 setup update: Far East – Med

As reported earlier, the proposed Far East to Europe network of the P3 will consist of five dedicated weekly Mediterranean loops, in addition to eight northern Europe services. Further to this, two Suez-routed Asia to USEC services will feature Med calls and at least one of them will therefore double as a Far East to Med and Med to USEC link.

Out of the five Far East to Med loops, two will focus on the west Med, one on the Aegean (east Med), one on the Adriatic (east Med), and one on the Black Sea and Marmara Sea.

One wayporting USEC service, the ‘Atlantic / Vespucci’, will cover the west and central Med with westbound calls at Valencia and Algeciras, and eastbound calls at Malta. Since these ports are major hubs, Med-related volumes on this loop will be substantial.

The other wayporting USEC service, the ‘America / TP12’, features east and westbound calls at Haifa, Israel. Since, contrary to Valencia, Algeciras and Malta, Haifa is not a major hub, Med-volumes on this service will probably be moderate.

Operationally, one of the five Med-related services, the ‘Phoenix / PHOEX / AE12’, will be part of a wider Med-Far East-USWC pendulum.

Two of the P3 Asia-Med services will incorporate calls at King Abdullah City, a new Saudi Arabian port on the Red Sea,

In contrary to the P3’s Asia to northern Europe loops, which use Tanjung Pelepas as a Straits hub, Singapore takes this role for the Mediterranean services.

The dedicated Med and Black Sea services look as follows:

Dragon / WMED1 / AE20 – West Med – Far East
Genoa, Fos-sur-mer, Valencia, Gioia Tauro, Port Said, Suez Canal (way point), King Abdullah City, Port Kelang, Singapore, Xiamen, Dalian, Tianjin (aka Xingang), Busan, Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Yantian (Shenzhen), Singapore, Port Kelang, King Abdullah City, Suez Canal (way point), Marsaxlokk, La Spezia, Genoa.

Jade / WMED2 / AE11 – West Med – Far East
Valencia, Barcelona, Fos-sur-mer, La Spezia, Gioia Tauro, Suez Canal (way point), Salalah, Khor Al Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Abu Dhabi (Mina Khalifa), Singapore, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Yantian (Shenzhen), Singapore, Suez Canal (way point), Gioia Tauro, Valencia.

Tiger / AEGEX / AE15 – Aegean – Far East
Ambarli (Istanbul), Izmit, Piraeus, Marsaxlokk, Port Said, Suez Canal (way point), King Abdullah City, Jebel Ali, Khor Al Fakkan, Singapore, Yantian (Shenzhen), Qingdao, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Yantian (Shenzhen), Chiwan (Shenzhen), Singapore, Suez Canal (way point), Port Said, Beirut, Ambarli.

Great Sea / BEX / AE3 – Black Sea – Far East
Constantza, Odessa, Ilyichevsk, Ambarli (Istanbul), Piraeus, Port Said, Suez Canal (way point), Singapore, Xiamen, Busan, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian (Shenzhen), Chiwan (Shenzhen), Singapore, Port Kelang, Suez Canal (way point), Izmit, Ambarli (Istanbul), Constantza.

Pendulum Phoenix / PHOEX / AE12 – Adriatic – Far East / USWC
Koper, Trieste, Rijeka, Port Said, Suez Canal (way point), Tanjung Pelepas, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Yantian (Shenzhen), Xiamen, Long Beach, Oakland, Busan, Ningbo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Yantian (Shenzhen), Singapore, Suez Canal (way point), Port Said, Koper

Hamburg Sud opts for slots on Asia – ECSA trade lane to compensate for ‘NGX3’ closure

Following an earlier announcement in regard to the suspension of the ‘Asia to ECSA Loop 3’ of the multi carrier consortium, the German carrier Hamburg Sud has now disclosed its follow-up solution. As a reminder: The to-be-closed service is presently maintained with tonnage from Hanjin, CMA CGM, Hamburg Sud, CSCL and CSAV while Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line and CCNI participate through slots.

To compensate for the ‘NGX3’ closure, Hamburg Sud will take slots on two alternative loops on the Far East to ECSA corridor. These services are:

1. the MOL operated ‘CSW’, to be branded ‘NGX4’ by Hamburg Sud.

Rotation: Busan, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Coega (aka Ngqura), Santos, Paranagua, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Navegantes, Paranagua, Sao Francisco do Sul, Santos, Cape Town, Coega (aka Ngqura), Singapore, Hong Kong, Tianjin (aka Xingang), Dalian, Qingdao, Busan. (Hamburg Sud skips a number of calls includig South Africa).

2. the ‘NHX’ jointly operated by Hyundai, K-Line, NYK and PIL. Hamburg Sud will brand this service as its ‘NGX5’.

Rotation: Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou (Shenzhen), Hong Kong, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Navegantes, Paranagua, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Hong Kong, Busan.

P3 setup update: Far East – Europe

As reported earlier, the proposed Far East to (Northern) Europe network of the P3 will consist of eight weekly loops. This compares to the present set up of nine loops for Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM. The one-loop reduction will not have any meaningful capacity effect since larger ships, mainly in the form of 18,270 teu Maersk-EEE classes, are being phased-in successively.

The P3 service restructuring will see consolidation of Southeast Asia transhipment hub calls toward Tanjung Pelepas, at the expense of Singapore and Port Kelang.

Two services, the ‘Baltic / FAL7 / AE8’ and the ‘Skaw / FAL8 / AE9’ will feature direct calls in the Baltic Sea. One of the loops will reach as far as Poland, while the other will only call at Gothenburg, Sweden. Maersk Line had pioneered direct calls in the Baltic Sea with large Asia-Europe mainline tonnage, but the participation in such slings is new for MSC and CMA CGM.

The low number of calls at Rotterdam, Europe’s largest container port, comes as a major surprise. Depending upon the future patterns of feeder services and on-carriage, both Antwerp and Bremerhaven appear to benefit from the changes. Most other ports will roughly see the same number of calls as now (or one less call because of the overall reduction in loops).

The eight Far East to Europe loops look as follows (MSC name / CMA CGM name / Maersk Name):

Albatros / FAL1 / AE1: 9x 19,000 teu
Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven, Tanger Med, Suez Canal (way point), Tanjung Pelepas, Yantian (Shenzhen), Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Tanjung Pelepas, Suez Canal (way point), Algeciras, Tanger Med, Rotterdam.

Pendulum, Lion / FAL2 / AE2: 16×11,500 teu
Zeebrugge, Dunkirk, Southampton, Le Havre, Marsaxlokk, Suez Canal (way point), King Abdullah City, Jeddah, Singapore, Vung Tau (aka Cai Mep), Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian (Shenzhen) / USWC / Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian (Shenzhen), Chiwan (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Sines, Antwerp, Zeebrugge.

Shogun / FAL3 / AE5: 11×13,000 teu
Le Havre, Felixstowe, Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven, Rotterdam, Suez Canal (way point), Colombo, Tanjung Pelepas, Hong Kong, Kobe, Nagoya, Yokohama, Ningbo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Yantian (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Suez Canal (way point), Le Havre.

Condor / FAL5 / AE6: 10×8,500 teu
Southampton, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Felixstowe, Zeebrugge, Le Havre, Algeciras, Beirut, Suez Canal (way point), Port Kelang, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Suez Canal (way point), Southampton.

Swan / FAL6 / AE7: 11×13,000 teu
Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Antwerp, Suez Canal (way point), Tanjung Pelepas, Shanghai, Busan, Dalian, Tianjin (aka Xingang), Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Yantian (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Suez Canal (way point), Rotterdam.

Baltic / FAL7 / AE8: 12×14,000 teu
Bremerhaven, Gdansk, Aarhus, Bremerhaven, Felixstowe, Suez Canal (way point), Singapore, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Busan, Kwangyang, Shanghai, Yantian (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Suez Canal (way point), Bremerhaven.

Skaw / FAL8 / AE9: 12×13,000 teu
Felixstowe, Bremerhaven, Gothenburg, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Le Havre, Suez Canal (way point), Salalah, Khor Al Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Singapore, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Nansha, Yantian (Shenzhen), Tanjung Pelepas, Colombo, Suez Canal (way point), Felixstowe.

Silk / FAL9 / AE10: 12×13000 teu
Le Havre, Antwerp, Hamburg, Felixstowe, Gioia Tauro, Suez Canal (way point), Khor Al Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Singapore, Yantian (Shenzhen), Tianjin (aka Xingang), Kwangyang, Busan, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan (Shenzhen), Singapore, Suez Canal (way point), Le Havre.

Hanjin reshuffles Korea – Vietnam service

Hanjin is to reshuffle its ‘NHS’ service, a loop which so far connects South Korea and Vietnam with a stopover at Hong Kong.

In mid-November, the Korean operator will implement significant changes to the ‘NHS’ service’s rotation, with new calls in China (Shanghai and Shekou) and Indonesia (Penang). The additional ports will come at the expense of the present double Hong Kong call which is to be dropped entirely, both in the westbound and eastbound directions. The service continues to run in three weeks with three ships.

The revised rotation reads as follows: Kwangyang, Busan, Shanghai (new), Shekou (Shenzhen) (new), Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Port Kelang (new), Penang (new), Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Kwangyang.

At the same time, the Korean operator is to complete a capacity upgrade of the service, as it replaces the 1,713 teu HANJIN HO CHI MINH with the 2,553 teu HANJIN MANZANILLO. The loop now deploys three identical 2,553 teu ships compared to a fleet of 1,700 – 1,800 teu ships earlier this year.

Maersk Line adds Sydney call to Straits – New Zealand service

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.

PDL to launch new intra-Pacific Islands service

Pacific Direct Line (PDL), an affiliate of Singapore’s Pacific International Line (PIL), will increase the coverage of Fiji and the Gilbert Islands by launching a new service to supplement the shipping line’s existing loop between Suwa, Tarawa and Majuro.

The new loop, scheduled to begin operations in late October, will link Suwa, Tarawa – now covered by two PDL services – and Honiara. It will offer one departure every 18-19 days.

Both of the intra-Island services will connect at Suva, to PDL’s Auckland-based service.

To staff the new service, PDL will charter the geared 630 teu container-multipurpose ship MCP BILBAO, which it will bring into service under the new name SOUTHERN PHOENIX. The ship has a proven track record in the Pacific Islands trade and it sailed for Matson until recently under the name IMUA.

The 117m vessel is equipped with two 70mt cranes and it can supply electricity for up to 60 reefer containers.