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Zim withdraws ships from Asia-Oceania trade

Zim will withdraw its ships from the Asia-Oceania trade and replace them with slots on MSC's enhanced Oceania services suite from October 2023. The move will affect 14 ships of 1,100 teu to 2,800 teu that Zim currently employs on 3 services on this route. Zim's existing China-Australia Express (CAX) service will be replaced by slots on MSC's Panda service that calls at Busan, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Yantian, Nansha, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Busan. Zim's current Thai


Maersk retains Panama routing for Asia-US East Coast extra loader service

Maersk has added additional sailings between China/Korea and the US East Coast on its extra loader program for overflow cargo, retaining the routing via the Panama Canal despite ongoing draft restrictions and congestion. Maersk has deployed 8 extra sailings to the US East Coast since the beginning of July 2023 using ships of 3,000-7,000 teu, of which 6 sailings took the Panama route without encountering any significant delays, while 2 sailings were routed via the Suez Canal. * GSL ELEFTHERIA


MSC revises Santana rotation

MSC will revise the rotation of the FE-USEC Santana service from 24 August 2023 to call at Laem Chabang, Cai Mep, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan, Manzanillo, Cristobal, Caucedo, New York, Norfolk, Laem Chabang. The addition of new calls at Manzanillo and Cristobal allows MSC to offload cargo before the Panama Canal transit due to draft restrictions imposed by the ACP. The revision comes just 11 weeks after the Santana rotation was last changed on 8 June 2023 to call at Haiphong, Shanghai, Ningbo, Bus


New Container Freight Future Turnover Nearly $500mn in first 30 minutes of trading

After nearly 6 years of suspension, container freight futures are returning to the Shanghai market today. The turnover reached Rmb3.8bn ($500mn) in the first 30 minutes of trading, which is similar to the weekly freight revenue of the FE-NEUR route. source: BANDS FinancialThe product is now called Containerized Freight Index Futures (CoFIF). This product is being traded at INE (Shanghai International Energy Exchange), a subsidiary of Shanghai Future Exchange and is regulated by CSRC (China Sec


HMM earnings fall broadly in line with sector average

HMM’s liner EBIT fell 43%, which is broadly in line with the peers, as fall in freight rates off set increase in volume on the top line. HMM’s volume were up 12% QoQ, similar to CMA CGM and ONE, but is way ahead of Maersk and OOCL (+7% QoQ) and Hapag Lloyd (+4% QoQ).


YMM earning stabilized in 2Q

Yang Ming 2Q earnings avoid sequential fall at the EBIT level as sequential fall in revenue was offset by the reduction in operating expense, which is an outliner. Yang Ming led the container liner peers in 13% QoQ reduction in OPEX excluding bunker, depreciation and SG&A,  which consists of mainly port handlings and equity repositioning. Among the liners, e.g. Maersk and Hapag Lloyd,  that have disclosed port handling expenses, unit costs for this item were down QoQ but the drop is mostly off


Hapag Lloyd earnings fell but lead peers on EBIT margin and RoE

Hapag Lloyd reported before market open on 10 August. Hapag Lloyd’s 2Q results suffered second biggest a bigger QoQ fall in EBIT, following ONE’s 67% as Transatlantic head haul freight rates fell by 50% (Source: Xeneta) while CCFI fell only 7% during 2Q. However, Hapag Lloyd remain a leader in the EBIT margin among its container liner peers. What may have been overlooked however is that Hapag Lloyd has been leading its peers in delivering RoE (return on equity) on more efficient capital managem


Sep 1 GRI the Last Hurray?

Carriers are holding firmly to the transpacific rate increases, with the West Coast rates staying above the $2,000/feu level to the US West Coast and $3,000/feu to the East Coast. Bookings remain strong on lower capacity available through August, but weakness is starting to show with the mid-August gains smaller than initially expected. Transpacific rates will receive another boost from the 1 September rate increase but further increases will be limited unless trade demand rebounds significant


Market Pulse – 2023 Week 33

Register Free Trial [] The SCFI extended its gains for the 3rd consecutive weak but there are signs that peak season volumes are already starting to fade and the recent rate rebound could soon run out of steam. Transpacific freight rates have led the recent gains on the back of rising demand and capacity cutbacks, with Asia-Europe rates also managing to retain most of their recent gains despite more shaky market conditions. However, Linerl


2 new entrants launch China-Turkey service

Two new entrants to the liner trades CStar Line and Uniglobal Shipping have jointly launched a new China-Turkey service aimed at the Russian market. The service calls at Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Ambarli, Shanghai, Qingdao using 4 ships of 1,700-2,700 teu that will provide sailings on alternate weeks. The first sailing started from 26 July 2023 with the 1,714 teu BOX ENDEAVOUR that is operated by CStar Line and followed on 9 Aug 2023 by the 1,930 teu CUL LAEMCHABANG operated by Uniglo

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