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Hapag Lloyd to split Gulf Caribbean Service (GCS)

Hapag-Lloyd is splitting its Gulf Caribbean Service (GCS) service, which connects Houston with Mexico, Central America and Caribbean, into a North and South Loop. The North Loop (GCS) will call Houston, Altamira, Veracruz, Puerto Barrios, Puerto Cortes, Caucedo, Kingston, Houston on weekly basis with 3 vessels, beginning with the 2,506 teu MAIRA at Houston on 13 April 2023 followed by the 3,237 teu ANTIBES EXPRESS and 2,357 teu MINERVA. ONE will take slot under its service CX5. The South Loop


Yang Ming 4Q22 earnings dropped 76% YoY

Yang Ming provided headline FY2022 results overnight (10 Mar) where earnings attributable to shareholders during 4Q 2022 dropped 76% YoY and 71% QoQ, much steeper drop than most the peers that have reported so far.


Evergreen reported 63% YoY fall in Jan+Feb revenue

Yang Ming reported this morning (10th Mar) FY2022 earnings plus large dividend pay-out. But what may have gone unnoticed today is that Evergreen also reported Feb 2023 top line overnight (9 Mar), being the earliest of any container liner financial reports. Evergreen's Feb revenue in USD terms fell 68% YoY and 28% MoM. Combining January and February, the two-month aggregate revenue fell 63% YoY. As the liners did not make over 60% operating profit margin in 1Q 2022, over 60% fall in revenue means


Two trends in the global container shipping volume

The cyclical or short term trend is the down turn in the container shipping volume , which has seen global port throughput falling for 5 consecutive months since September 2022, driven by the destocking cycle in the US, soft housing market in the US impacting particularly the housing related shipments, inflation that reduces western consumers' disposable income, rising share of services relative to goods in consumption. The secular trend or the long term trend maybe the fall in China's contrib


Hapag-Lloyd Guidance’s Track Record

Hapag-Lloyd guided €2-4 Bn in Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) for 2023, which would turn out to be the third best year of its operating track record going back to 2003. Hapag-Lloyd has been providing guidance since 2014 prior to its public listing in Nov 2015. An analysis of the Hapag-Lloyd earnings guidance from the past 9 years show Hapag-Lloyd beating their own guidance 6 times and missed only once in 2016. Despite its relatively sound earnings guidance track record, its forecast o


SITC reported 38 % HoH drop in earnings for 22H2

SITC reported after market close on 7 March where 22H2 net profit dropped 38% HoH, much steeper than larger liners' 10-11% HoH drop on SITC particularly high spot market exposure. SITC reports full results semi-annually while provides top line update quarterly. On quarterly basis, 4Q 2022 revenue dropped only 11% QoQ, decelerating from the 20% QoQ drop in 3Q as SITC gained market share by having increased its volume during 4Q by 18% QoQ. Maersk reported lower intra regional volume while Hapag


THE Alliance ends Cape of Good Hope routing on Asia-Europe services

THE Alliance carriers (Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, ONE and Yang Ming) have ended the Cape of Good Hope routing on the eastbound (backhaul) legs of the FE2, FE3 and FE4 services from North Europe to Asia that started since November 2022 and have switched back to the regular route via the Suez Canal. The last FE2 sailing to take the Cape route was the 19,870 teu AL ZUBARA that departed from Rotterdam on 5 March 2023 after 10 consecutive sailings that skipped the Suez route. The Cape routing was already en


Swire upgrades Singapore-NW Australia service

Swire will upgrade its North West Australia Direct (NWD) service by splitting its existing Singapore-Darwin-Port Hedland service into 2 separate services. The North West Australia Direct (NWD) service will connnect Singapore and Port Hedland directly using the 618 teu DILI CHIEF with a 18 day turnaround starting from 21 April 2023. The transit time from Singapore to Port Hedland will improve to 7 days compared to the current 14 days. Port rotation of the North West Australia Direct (NWD) serv


Market Pulse – 2023 Week10

Register Free Trial [] Further freight rate corrections can be expected with US port congestion now effectively cleared while the residual congestion in China and Europe are no longer causing any severe bottlenecks for the global container supply chain. Chinese ports are mostly fluid with the recent buildup of ships in Shanghai/Ningbo due more to scheduling than berthing delays, while European congestion is mostly limited to French ports d


CMA CGM net profit down 57% QoQ

CMA CGM disclosed some head line figures for its FY2022 and Q4 2022 results on March 4. The group level net profit dropped 57% QoQ and 55% YoY, driven primarily by lower container freight rates (-13% QoQ) and to lesser extent lower volume (-9% QoQ). CMA CGM has not disclosed its expenses break-downs and liner level EBIT in this set of numbers. Group level net profit dropped $4bn QoQ against $3.6bn QoQ drop in shipping segment's EBITDA suggest the depreciation (e.g. chartering expenses) and tax e

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