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MSC revises Europe-East Med routing

MSC will revise the rotation of two North Europe-East Med services after it ends its cooperation with Zim on this trade from the end of March 2022. The revision will involve the Israel Express /NE1 service that was jointly operated by MSC and Zim and currently calls at Felixstowe, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Le Havre, Limassol, Ashdod, Haifa, Ashdod, Valencia, Felixstowe using 5 ships of 5,500 to 6,700 teu, of which 2 ships are contributed by ZIM and 3 ships by MSC. The last sailing of the joi


Zim to launch new SE Asia-USEC ZXB service

Zim will launch a new ZIM Ecommerce Baltimore Express (ZXB) service that calls at Yantian, Cai Mep, Baltimore, New York, Boston, Yantian. The service will be operated initially on a fortnightly basis using 5 ships of 2,700-3,400 teu on a 70 days rotation and will be upgraded to a weekly frequency at a later date. The first sailing will be on 8 April with the 3,100 teu MH GREEN.


Market Pulse – 2022 Week 9

Download Full Report [] MARKET BRIEF – 2022 WEEK 9 Freight rates remained soft last week as carriers were unable to push through the 1 March rate increases, with the SCFI recording its 8th consecutive weekly drop. Volumes remain soft with carriers still hoping for a pick up in demand in late March/early April in order to push for the next round of rate increases. Port congestion remains steady, with the Ukraine-Russia c


TS Lines enters Asia-Europe trade in partnership with CUL

TS Lines will be the latest new entrant to the Asia-Europe trade when it joins CUL as a vessel operator on the latter's Asia Europe Express (AEX) service on 17 March 2022. TS Lines will deploy the 4,380 teu TS SINGAPORE on the AEX, joining 5 other ships from CUL of 4,000-4,400 teu. The service calls at Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Shekou, Tilbury, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, Ningbo with ad-hoc calls added on inducement at Qingdao, Yantian and Ho Chi Minh City.


PIL confirms order for 4 new 14,400 teu ships

PIL has confirmed an order for 4 new ships of 14,400 teu at Jiangnan Shipyard Group on 4 March 2022, its first new ship order since 2015. The 4 ships will be quipped with dual-fuel engines to run on both LNG and low sulphur fuel oil and will be delivered from the 2nd half of 2024 to 1st half 2025. PIL's last ship order was made in 2015 when it ordered 12 ships of 11,923 teu at Yangzijiang. They sold 8 of these ships in 2020 due to financial difficulties, but it has since recovered from its de


SeaLead to launch US East Coast service

SeaLead Shipping will launch a new Asia-US East Coast (AEC) service from 6 March 2022 with 6,661 teu HAKUNA MATATA. The irregular service will deploy 3 ships 6,700 to 7,000 teu and call at Nansha, Ningbo, Qingdao, Busan, Norfolk, Newark, Charleston, Jacksonville, Nansha. It had earlier sent the 6,966 teu TIMON on an ad-hoc USEC trip in January. The ships will be drawn from Sea Lead's existing services on the Asia-US West Coast and Asia-Middle East routes. Sea Lead has been running ad hoc loader


PIL retires the Advance Container Line (ACL) brand

PIL has announced that it will cease to use the Advance Container Line (ACL) brand name from 15 March 2022. ACL was established in 1995 by PIL to provide container feeder services in Southeast Asia and Indian sub-continent. These services were provided in conjunction with various partners including Samudera, HR Lines, GSL, COSCO, OOCL, MTT Shipping, ONE, Evergreen and CNC. Apart from PIL's own feeder cargoes, ACL also provided feeder services to other Main Line Operators (MLOs). All of its e


Allseas places first long term chartered ship on China-Liverpool service

Allseas has received its first long term chartered ship the 1,878 teu ALLSEAS PIONEER that will be deployed on its China Xpress (CEX) service that connects Ningbo, Dongguan and Liverpool starting from 10 March 2022. The service was first introduced by Allseas in April 2021 and had previous relied on various short term charters using mainly multi-purpose cargo ships. The ALLSEAS PIONEER (ex HUA MAO 369, VALDIVIA) is a general cargo vessel built in 2003 that has been modified in the last 2 months


RCL to launch Singapore-Surabaya feeder

RCL will launch a new feeder service connecting Singapore and Surabaya. The RSU1 service is expected to start on 13 March 2022 and it will deploy the 1,108 teu MITRA BHUM to shuttle between the two ports.


Market Pulse – 2022 Week 8

Download Full Report [] MARKET BRIEF - 2022 WEEK 8 The Ukraine crisis has no immediate impact on the container markets even though spot freight rates dropped broadly albeit marginally last week, with Asian export volumes still not strong enough to prevent rates from falling. Although some carriers have announced early March rate increases, most carriers have extended their rates until Mid-March before they push for furth

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