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CMA CGM launch Red Sea Med Express (REDEX)

CMA CGM has launched a new Red Sea Med Express (REDEX) to connect the Red Sea ports of Aqaba and Jeddah to 5 key transhipment hubs in the Med. The REDEX will call at Aqaba, Jeddah, Tanger Med, Algeciras, Malta, Alexandria, Damietta, Aqaba. The 4,404 teu CMA CGM PUGET made the inaugural call on the REDEX for an ad hoc trip from Alexandria, Malta to Aqaba and Jeddah before settling into the regular REDEX port rotation. The service will turn in 28 days using 4 ships of 3,000-4,400 teu. The new s

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CMA CGM upgrade MedCaribe service

CMA CGM will upgrade its Mediterranean-Caribbean (MEDCARIBE) service with the addition of a new westbound call at Tanger from 5 March 2024 . The revised port rotation will call at Algeciras, Malta, Livorno, Genoa, Fos, Barcelona, Valencia, Tanger Med, Fort-de-France, Pointe-a-Pitre, Caucedo, Kingston, Cartagena (Col), Buenaventura, Paita, Posorja, Guayaquil, Moin, Cartagena (Col), Algeciras. The expanded service will deploy 9 ships of 6,800-6,900 teu with an extra week added to the rotation. Th

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MSC upgrades Turkiye-UK West Coast service

MSC has upgraded its Turkiye-UK West Coast service with the addition of new calls at Portbury and Greenock from 26 January 2024. The upgraded service will call at Piraeus, Izmir, Gebze, Gemlik, Tekirdag, Aliaga, Barcelona, Valencia, Sines, Le Havre, Liverpool, Greenock, Liverpool, Portbury, Le Havre, Valencia, Barcelona, Malta, Piraeus. The service turns in 7 weeks and deploys 7 ships of 4,200-5,100 teu.

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Yang Ming/ONE launch Intra-Black Sea Express(IBX)/Black Sea Turkey Service (BTS)

Yang Ming and ONE have launched a new Intra-Black Sea Express (IBX)/Black Sea Turkey Service (BTS) from 29 January 2024. The service calls at Ambarli, Varna, Constanza, Ambarli using the 1,803 teu YM INVENTIVE on a 7 day rotation. Intra-Black Sea Express(IBX)/Black Sea Turkey Service (BTS) port rotation

Companies

Unifeeder acquires MCL Feeder Services

Unifeeder has acquired MCL Feeder Services on 1 January 2024 and will combine MCL's feeder operations in the Mediterranean area into the Unifeeder/Unimed network. MCL is based in Cyprus and operates feeder services in the Mediterranean. It was part of the Metz Group that was established in 1982 in Beirut, Lebanon and had cooperated previously with various feeder operators with slot arrangements with Unimed(UFS), Sealand, Mahoney, Medkon and Bahari.

Markets

Charter Market Continued to Heat Up

Demand for vessels remain strong ahead of the Chinese New Year holidays with charter rates continuing to firm up across all size sectors. COSCO has been particularly active in recent weeks, with renewals on existing charters while taking on additional fixtures including a few deals for delivery taking place only in the 2nd half of 2024. COSCO renewed 2 sets of 8,000 teu and 9,000 teu units from Seamax and Costamare respectively on firm rates for 2 years and have been linked to 2 more deals for 6

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Capacity deployed on Asia-Europe routes at all-time high

Total containership capacity deployed on Asia to Europe routes have surged to a record high of 6.44m teu, up 23.3% compared to the same time last year. The surge is due entirely to diversion from the Suez to the Cape route since December 2023, with over 700,000 teu of additional capacity added to the trade in the last 2 months alone. 55% of the additional capacity has been absorbed in the FE-Med trades where transit times have increased by 10 days to the West Med and 18 days to the East Med whil

Services

Maersk launch ME8 for Middle East and Europe connections via Cape of Good Hope

Maersk will launch a new ME8 service calling at Doha, Dammam, Jubail, Jebel Ali, Abu Dhabi, Duqm, Tanger, Port Said, Barcelona, Tanger, Algeciras, Salalah, Jebel Ali, Doha using the longer route via the Cape of Good Hope. The first sailing will be made on 14 February 2024 with the 9,034 teu SAN CLEMENTE on the westbound voyage at Doha while the 4,253 teu CONSTATINOS P II will make the first eastbound voyage at Port Said on 17 February. The service will turn in 13 weeks on an extended rotation

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Hapag-Lloyd & Norsul launch joint venture Norcoast cabotage service in Brazil

The new Norcoast cabotage service in Brazil was launched on 6 February 2024 at Santos. The Norcoast service will connect Santos, Paranagua, Suape, Pecem, Manaus, Pecem, Suape, Santos using a total of 4 ships starting with the NC BRISA on 6 February, NC BRUMA on 13 February, NC BREDA from 20 February and the NC BRAVO from 27 February. The 4 ships were all former NileDutch ships of 3,508 teu built in 2014/2015 that were taken over by Hapag-Lloyd in 2021. These ships have been reflagged to the Braz

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King Ocean Services acquire Seacor Island Lines

King Ocean Services have completed the acquisition of Seacor Island Lines on 1 February 2024. Seacor Island Lines was established as G&G Shipping in 1990 by the partners Mike Grandonico and Steve Ganoe. G&G launched a regular shipping service from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas in 1992 and grew it to provide freight services from South Florida to all ports in the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos using landing crafts that could handle roro and container cargo.  The company was acquired by SEACOR

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