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MSC introduces Zambezi Express Service

MSC has launched a new Zambezi Express service that connects Port Louis and Beira using the 3,301 teu MSC ALEXA and 2,764 teu MSC PATNAREE III. The service started from 16 August 2023 and turns in 12-14 days with the 2 ships providing weekly departures from Mauritius and Mozambique.


New New Shipping expands Northern Sea Route service

New New Shipping has deployed 4 ships on the China-St Petersburg Northern Sea Route service after the successful eastbound trial voyage by the 1,638 teu NEWNEW POLAR BEAR that finished its St Petersburg-Shanghai trip on 14 August after a 38 day voyage. The same ship has departed from Xingang on 22 August for a westbound voyage to St Petersburg, joining the 1,220 teu XIN XIN HAI 1 and the 2,741 teu XIN XIN TIAN 1 that have departed earlier on 1 August and 31 July respectively on the same route t


MSC and Zim extend VSA cooperation on Israel Express/Zim North Europe Israel (ZNI)

Zim will join MSC on the North Europe-Israel trade by contributing two out of the 5 ships on the revised Zim North Europe Israel (ZNI)/Israel Express service from the end of August 2023. The service will call at Ashdod, Haifa, Damietta, Valencia, London Gateway, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Ashdod with the 7,403 teu KURE, 6,724 teu MSC LORETTA from MSC 5,550 teu MSC VIGO that will be joined by the 6,881 teu ZIM ALABAMA and 6,644 teu ZIM VIETNAM. This is the 3rd trade in which Zim and

Port Congestion

Port Congestion At 3-Month Low

Global port congestion has dropped to a 3 month low of just 5% of the global fleet waiting at anchorages around the world, with conditions in the 3 main regions in North America, North Asia and Europe all showing continued improvements. No major congestion hotspots have developed after the labour issues at the North America west coast ports are resolved and the after-effects of the recent typhoons have also started to clear out. The situation at the Panama Canal remains under control, with no


Market Sentiment Remains Poor Ahead of Sep 1 GRI

Transpacific freight rates are holding at the $1,800-$1,850 per feu level to the US West Coast, with sentiment turning downwards ahead of the 1 September GRI (General Rate Increase). Although carriers will be able to lift rates above the $2,000 level in the coming week, there is considerable skepticism that the rates can hold through the rest of the month. Rates to the East Coast have also started to slip, with more capacity available from extra loaders and limited number of blank sailings thro


Market Pulse – 2023 Week 35

Register Free Trial [] Although freight rates will receive a minor boost this week from the 1 September rate hikes, market sentiment remains poor with the SCFI giving up all of its gains in August in a repeated pattern of early month rate gains followed by rate cuts as the month progresses. The transpacific rate gains have been more resilient than on Asia-Europe, but even there the momentum is dissipating quickly with the Panama Canal tran


X-Press Feeders joins Maersk in new FE-India VSA

X-Press Feeders will add a new North China-India West Coast X-Press (NWX) service in a new Vessel Sharing Agreement with Maersk on the current FI3 service from 14 September 2023. The new NWX/FI3 service will be an enhancement of the existing FI3 with the addition of new calls at Port Klang, Karachi and Mundra and a 7th ship added with the capacity to be enhanced from 3,300-5,000 teu to the 7,000 teu. X-Press Feeders will contribute 4 of the 7 ships including its new 7,092 teu ships that are b


Tiger Gas restarts Bintulu LNG shipments

Tiger Gas has resumed its shipment of LNG tanks from Bintulu to China with the deployment of the 1,384 teu dual fuel LNG ISO tank carrier TIGER MAANSHAN that has taken a load at Bintulu on 19 August 2023 and is heading to Maanshan in China. Tiger Clean Energy (TCE), a unit of Tiger Gas, had entered into an agreement [] with Petronas in May 2020 to supply LNG to Tiger’s LNG ISO tank filling facility at Bintulu in Malaysia with


CNC, COSCO & Samudera team up for Singapore-Haiphong feeder

CNC (CMA CGM), COSCO and Samudera have teamed up to operate a new Singapore-Haiphong feeder service offering twice weekly departures using 3 ships on an 10-11 day rotation. The service is branded respectively as the Haiphong Singapore Feeder 1 (HSF1CNC) by CNC, Singapore-North Vietnam Express (NVX) by COSCO and North Vietnam Service (NVS) by Samudera. The joint service incorporates the 3 carriers' existing North Vietnam services, with the existing NVX/NVS operated by COSCO and Samudera revamped


Hapag-Lloyd/Feedertech updates India-Gulf (IG1)/Arabian Gulf-India (AGIS) service

Hapag-Lloyd and Feedertech will update their jointly operated India-Gulf 1 (IG1)/Arabian Gulf-India (AGIS) service with a new rotation calling at Jebel Ali, Karachi, Kandla, Nhava Sheva, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Shuaiba, Umm Qasr, Jebel Ali. The revised rotation will replace the call at Mundra with new calls at Nhava Sheva and Kandla. It will continue to deploy 4 ships of 2,700 to 4,200 teu, with 3 units from Hapag-Lloyd and 1 unit from Feedertech. Revised rotation of the India-Gulf (IG1)/Arabian G

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