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CMA CGM & Maersk introduce Cape Town feeder service

CMA CGM and Maersk will jointly launch a new Cape Town Feeder/Cape Town Express service connecting Port Louis, Cape Town, Port Louis from 9 January 2024. The service will turn in 4 weeks using 4 ships of 2,200-2,500 teu starting with the CMA CGM FORT ST GEORGES, MAERSK NEWARK, MAERSK NANSHA and CMA CGM ANTIOQUIA. The service will cater for connections to Cape Town at Port Louis on the updated Shaka/Safari service jointly operated by CMA CGM and Maersk that will call at Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou,


RCL joins CNC and ONE as operator on China-Indonesia-Malaysia (CS2/CIM/RCI) service

RCL will join CNC and ONE as vessel operator on the China-Indonesia Malaysia (CS2/CIM) service that it brands as the RCL South China-Indonesia (RCI) from 30 December 2023. The service connects Hong Kong, Shekou, Nansha, Surabaya, Semarang, Jakarta, Port Klang, Hong Kong and turns in 3 weeks with 3 ships of 2,500-2,600 teu. RCL will deploy the 2,598 teu URU BHUM at Hong Kong on 30 December 2023 joining the 2,478 teu APL PUSAN from CNC and 2,664 teu NYK DANIELLA from ONE.


Transmasters China-St Petersburg service disrupted by financial difficulties

Russian operator Transmasters' China to St Petersburg service has been disrupted by financial troubles with 6 of its ships stranded since December 2023. Transmasters have notified its customers on 15 December 2023 of an emergency surcharge of $1,750/teu for cargo already loaded on the 1,662 teu HONRISE that has been stranded off Sweden since 23 November 2023. The ship will only be able to discharge at St Petersburg after the surcharge has been paid. The 1,725 teu SHUN LONG has also been strand


FESCO Egypt Direct Line (FEDL) is launched

FESCO has launched a new FESCO Egypt Direct Line (FEDL) service from 13 December 2023 connecting Novorossiysk, Alexandria, Novorossiysk with the 1,118 teu FESCO ASKOLD. The service will turn in 13-14 days using a single ship. The FEDL service is operated by Dalreftrans, FESCO’s temperature-controlled cargo transportation affiliate and is aimed at the transport of fruits and refrigerated products from Egypt to Russia while it will transport containerised lumber, fertilisers, leguminous crops and


AE rates up sharply

Transpacific freight rates have latched on to the Red Sea turmoil and the expected shortage of capacity in January especially on the East Coast services which have been affected by the Panama Canal restrictions as well as the Suez diversions to the Cape route. Rates to the West Coast have not gained as much in comparison, with capacity still open on all corridors as existing WC capacity is not affected by the Suez diversions, although carriers could still shift some capacity to Europe on accoun


Banner week in CoFIF

Maersk’s statement over the weekend that it is planning to resume Red Sea transits sent both liner equities and forward CoFIF contracts into retreat on 25 December after a banner week for both markets last week. CoFIF futures for April surged by 55% last week while daily turnover averaged nearly $4.9bn and Open Interests reached $2bn. The latest SCFIS assessment on 25 December on the Asia-North Europe route surged by 21.7% following  its 5.4% rise the week before. The SCFIS, which is the underl


Capacity crunch looms as diversions from the Red Sea hit record high

The number of containerships diverted from the Suez to the Cape Route has surged to 125 units compared to 44 a week ago, including 16 ships that turned back in the Red Sea to the Med after making their southbound Suez passage. The record number of diversions far exceeds the number of ships that were diverted during the EVER GIVEN incident on the Suez Canal in March 2021 when less than 20 ships were diverted. While the previous Suez blockage in 2021 lasted barely 7 days, the impact of the current


Market Pulse 2023 Week 52

Register Free Trial [] The SCFI surged by 14.8% on the back of the Red Sea turmoil to hit a 13 month high, with a looming capacity crisis set to erupt over the coming weeks as ships that were supposed to return to Asia from Europe and the US East Coast via the Suez are delayed by 2 to 3 weeks. This will coincide with the high cargo demand expected in the run up to Chinese New Year, with freight rates expected to remain elevated through mid


Kalypso Line service disruption continues

Kalypso Compagnia di Navigazione's (KCN) Marco Polo service connecting China-Bangladesh-Med that has been disrupted by the Hamas-Israel conflict has finally made its first cargo discharge in the Med since 17 October 2023. The 2,518 teu ZHONG GU XIONG AN berthed at Taranto on 13 December 2023 and completed its cargo discharge on 23 December. The ship was one of 4 ships operated by Kalypso on the Marco Polo service that called at Qingdao, Taicang, Ningbo, Dachan Bay, Chittagong, Ashdod, La Spezi


Maersk adds Tunis-Cagliari feeder

Maersk has launched a new Tunis Cagliari feeder service using roro ships connecting Cagliari, Tunis (Rades), Cagliari. The service was launched on 11 November 2023 with the 11,630 dwt roro cargo ship WEDELLSBORG that was previously operated by Italian carrier Grupo Grendi on the domestic Cagliari-Carrara Marine Cagliari line service. The WEDELLSBORG is able to carry up to 773 teu of containers. The new feeder service calls at the Tunis-Rades Terminal and the Grendi Trasporti Marittimi Terminal

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