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Asia-Europe futures rate rally on expectations of extended Suez diversions

Asia-North Europe freight futures rallied on 15 April with longer dated CoFIF contracts (covering June 2024 to February 2025) recording strong double digit % gain. Traders are building long positions with the escalation in the Middle East conflict expected to extend the Suez diversions. The extended voyages have kept Asia-North Europe capacity in check, with effective capacity falling by 3% YoY in spite of the additional 23% capacity that has been deployed on the route. Although carriers failed


Market Pulse 2024 Week 16

Register Free Trial [] The pace of new containership deliveries have picked up markedly with over 309,000 teu delivered in the past month, pushing the annualised rate of fleet growth to 9.6%. The influx of new supply has not dampened the buoyant demand for tonnage with charter rates still inching upwards. The escalation of the Middle East crisis in the past week has provided a further boost to demand for containerships with the threat to s


THE Alliance delays relaunch of EC4 all-water service

THE Alliance carriers (Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, ONE and Yang Ming) has announced the postponement of the Asia-US East Coast 4 (EC4/Suez1) service relaunch that was originally scheduled from 15 April 2024 after a 6 month suspension. The EC4/Suez1 was to deploy up to 13 ships of 13,000-14,000 teu with a new rotation calling at Kaohsiung, Xiamen, Yantian, Cai Mep, Singapore, Norfolk, Savannah, Charleston, New York, Singapore, Kaohsiung with the former call at Hong Kong omitted and divert from the Suez to


Early liners revenue report suggested EBIT turnaround to mid teen in 1Q 2024

The Taiwanese liners and OOIL have reported their top line results for 1Q 2024 between 10 April and 12 April (last week), being the first batch of operating updates from container liners for the period. The revenue for 1Q 2024 rebounded between 11% and 34% QoQ as expected but the rebound tracked below the CCFI’s 51% jump QoQ. Nevertheless, the top line rebound should move the liners’ EBIT margin to mid teen in 1Q. YMM being the liners with higher long haul spot exposure has delivered the higher


ONE replaces Florida Latin Express (FLX) with new partnership on CMA CGM & COSCO Americas XL/NEWS service

ONE has replaced its Florida Latin Express (FLX) service with a new FLX service through slots on CMA CGM/COSCO's Americas XL/North America East Coast-West Coast South America (NEWS) service. The 4 ships of 1,100 to 1,700 teu that ONE had formerly operated on the FLX has all been redeployed and have been replaced by the revised FLX service from 1 February 2024, with ONE purchasing 600 teu per week from CMA CGM on the Americas XL. The Americas XL/NEWS is currently operated by CMA CGM and COSCO u


HMM to take slots on ONE/Wan Hai AP1/AA3 service

HMM will take slots on the new ONE/Wan Hai AP1/AA3 transpacific service that will start on 8 May 2024. HMM will have a weekly slot allocation of 250 teu from ONE on the service that it will be marketed by both carriers as the AP1. The AP1/AA3 service will turn in 7 weeks with 7 ships of 7,000 to 13,400 teu, of which 5 ships will be operated by Wan Hai and 2 ships from ONE, and will call at Haiphong, Cai Mep, Shekou, Xiamen, Taipei, Ningbo, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Oakland, Shekou, Haiphong. The


Folk Maritime launch Port Sudan Service (PSS)

Newly formed Saudi based Folk Maritime has launched the Port Sudan Service (PSS) connecting Jeddah, Port Sudan, Jeddah with the 698 teu SUNSET X from 5 April 2024. The service turns in 4-5 days with Maersk and CMA CGM taking slots to provide regular connections between Saudi Arabia and Sudan. The new PSS as well the North Red Sea (NRS) service operated in cooperation with CMA CGM are the first 2 services launched by Folk Maritime. Folk Maritime was established in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 26 Fe

Port Congestion

Port Congestion Down Last Week

Global port congestion has dropped to 1.4m teu with the situation across Asia’s main port normalising after the previous week’s spike. The port of Baltimore remains shut while vessel traffic with US Army Corp of Engineers expected to reopen passage for smaller ships by the end of April with access to larger ships still yet to be determined. US East Coast ports are mostly free of congestion, with only minor delays observed in Savannah and Houston. There were no significant congestion at Norfolk


Carriers Chasing Tonnage

The easter holidays and Ching Ming holidays has not dampened charterer interest, with charter rates are still rising over the past week. Open interest for prompt deliveries remain high especially for the larger sizes where availability is limited. Hede Shipping completed the charter of the 4 ships it needed for the newly launched Hede Direct Service connecting Shanghai and Los Angeles – the 3,426 BFAD ATLANTIC ($22,000 for 12 months), 1,809 teu ANDROKLIS ($15,750 for 6 months), 4,298 teu REN JI


Zim moves up the ranks as it overtake Yang Ming in global capacity operated

Capacity competition between carriers remain very keen, as shown by Zim’s growth since 2020. New vessel deliveries at more than 1 ship delivered daily since March will continue with over 300,000 teu scheduled to be delivered each month in April through June. Zim has received the ZIM MOUNT VINSON on 3 April, the last unit in the series of 10 ships of 15,248 teu built by Samsung H.I. for Seaspan. These 10 ships have been chartered by Zim for 12 years and brings its total capacity operated to 714,

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