As of November, Yang Ming Line will begin to boost its ‘CGX’ Far East to Middle East service and inject a number of 5,551 teu vessels into the service. The ships in question are presently chartered out from Yang Ming to Coscon, and they will join the ‘CGX’ loop upon their return to the Taiwanese carrier.
Simultaneously, Yang Ming is to phase several chartered ships in the 4,250 to 4,700 teu size range out of the loop. These smaller vessels are expected to be returned to their respective non-operating owners.
Coscon so far traded the ships chartered from Yang Ming on Transpacific routes. Here, the 5,551 teu units are being replaced by Cosco-owned tonnage which has become available due to low-season adjustments and winter service withdrawals.
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
Fleet & Finance
In time for the east-west trade’s upcoming winter slack season, the CKYH carrier alliance is to scale down its Far East – ECNA portfolio and reduce the number of weekly services in the trade from five to four.
The alliance’s offer presently consists of four Panama Canal routed Transpacific loops and one Suez Canal routed service.
The CKYH group is to suspend this week the Panama-routed ‘AW3’ / ‘AWY’ loop, operated by Yang Ming. A number of ports so far covered by this service will be added to the rotation of the ‘AW7’ / ‘AWS’.
In summary, the changes look as follows:
> ‘AW3’ / ‘AWY’: the 4,738 teu VALENCIA BRIDGE has just sailed from Ningbo, and is the last vessel on the loop.
Rotation: Busan, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan, Manzanillo (Mex), Panama Canal (waypoint), Colon, Savannah, New York, Wilmington (North Carolina), Panama Canal (waypoint), Busan
> ‘AW7’ / ‘AWY’: The ports of Ningbo, Shanghai and Wilmington are added to the rotation to cover for the aformentioned service closure. The present Hong Kong call and the service’s irregular calls at Kaohsiung will be removed.
Revised rotation: Xiamen, Yantian (Shenzhen), Ningbo (new), Shanghai (new), Busan, Panama Canal (waypoint), Savannah, New York, Wilmington (new), Charleston, Panama Canal (waypoint), Busan, Xiamen.
As of Mid-October, Yang Ming will step up from slot partner to co-operator on the loop and bring in the 3,961 YM SHANGHAI and later the 4,553 YM KEELUNG. At the same time, the Taiwanese will rebrand the offer ‘AW5’ instead of the former ‘AW7’ marketing name. The service has a weekly capacity of 4,150 teu and it is maintained by ten ships on a 70-day round trip.
The below three services out of CKHY’s Far East – ECSA portfolio appear not to be affected by the slack season downshift:
> ‘AW1’ / ‘AWH’, operated by Hanjin, so far unchanged.
> ‘AW2’ / ‘AWC’, operated by Coscon so far unchanged.
> ‘AW4’ / ‘AWK’, operated by Yang Ming and K-Line,so far unchanged.
Effective mid-October, Yang Ming will add one more Transpacific service to its portfolio by starting to slot on Asia to Mexico link of the Far East to WCSA loop operated jointly by the Japanese trio of NYK (‘ALX’), MOL (‘CWL’) and K-Line (‘ANDES1’).
Yang Ming’s slots will be limited to Shanghai, Ningbo, Busan and Manzanillo. In addition to the newcomer Yang Ming, Hapag-Lloyd already has a slot allocation on the service.
The loop’s full rotation is: Keelung, Hong Kong, Dachan Bay (Shenzhen), Xiamen, Shanghai, Ningbo, Busan, Manzanillo (Mex), Callao, Iquique, Valparaiso, Lirquen, Callao, Manzanillo (Mex), Tokyo, Keelung.
The service turns in 11 weeks with 11 ships of +6,000 teu.
2013, Week 37 – from September 8 to September 14
- NYK takes slots on new Straits to ANZ loop
- Unifeeder to add direct Dunkirk – St Petersburg link
- UASC joins CSCL on intra-Asia loop
- SAECS consortium announces service rationalisation for 2014
- CMA CGM boost Morocco links for citrus season
- G6 Alliance further slows down Far East – Europe loop
- Maersk extends ‘ME3’ loop to serve Novorossiysk
- PIL starts to slot on Yang Ming’s Far East to Middle East Gulf loop
- KMTC joins slotter crowd on ‘CHN’ service
- Cheng Lie takes slots on new ‘KCM’ Korea – China – Malaysia sling
Fleet & Finance
Singapore-based Pacific International Lines has added a new weekly link between the Far East and the Middle East to its portfolio, by slotting on Yang Ming’s ‘CGX’ service. PIL now offers weekly departures fom China and Taiwan to the United Arab Emirates and Saudia Arabia via Singapore and Malaysia. PIL therewith joins Hub Line, which began to slot on the loop in May.
Yang Ming’s ‘CGX’ serves Shanghai, Ningbo, Kaohsiung, Xiamen, Shekou (Shenzhen), Port Kelang, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Port Kelang, Singapore, Kaohsiung and Shanghai. The loop turns in six weeks with six panamax-beam vessels of about 4,250 teu.
The service used to call at Bandar Abbas until June, when the Iran call was dropped in favour of Dammam, in accordance with UN sanctions against the Theran government (see Iran related articles).
Yang Ming is to become a slot partner on the CSCL-operated Far East to WCSA loop ‘AAC’. The Taiwanese shipping line will join the service on 9 September and it will take over the CSCL branding and market the service as its ‘AAC’.
Yang Ming will join UASC and Evergreen, which both take slots on the service. Zim, a former slotter, ceased its participation at the end of June.
The ‘AAC’ rotates: Qingdao, Lianyungang, Shanghai, Ningbo, Busan, Los Angeles, Oakland, Qingdao. It deploys six ships in the size range from 8,400 to 9,600 teu,