Asia-Europe

Service cancellations

2M suspends AE1/Shogun Asia-Europe service

Maersk and MSC have announced the suspension of their AE1/Shogun service that is one of the 6 Asia-North Europe loops operated within the 2M alliance. Although officially suspended from week 11 of 2023, the AE1/Shogun service was already operated irregularly since September 2022 with just 3 voyages made in the 4th quarter with the last sailing made on 13 December 2022 when the 14,036 teu MSC ALEXANDRA made the last westbound voyage from Asia. The AE1/Shogun called at Ningbo, Xiamen, Yantian,

Services

THE Alliance ends Cape of Good Hope routing on Asia-Europe services

THE Alliance carriers (Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, ONE and Yang Ming) have ended the Cape of Good Hope routing on the eastbound (backhaul) legs of the FE2, FE3 and FE4 services from North Europe to Asia that started since November 2022 and have switched back to the regular route via the Suez Canal. The last FE2 sailing to take the Cape route was the 19,870 teu AL ZUBARA that departed from Rotterdam on 5 March 2023 after 10 consecutive sailings that skipped the Suez route. The Cape routing was already en

Services

Safetrans Line launch St Petersburg Direct Service from China

Safetrans Line will launch a new St Petersburg Direct Service from China. Safetrans is owned by Worldwide Logistics, in which Alibaba has a minority stake. The St Petersburg Direct Service will start from 27 February 2023 and will connect Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Tangier (irregular), St Petersburg, Qingdao. Port rotation of the new Safetrans Line St Petersburg Direct ServiceIt will operate initially on a fortnightly basis with the intention to turn into a weekly service from April.

Services

Tailwind Shipping Lines introduces TEX Service

Tailwind Shipping Lines has launched a new service from Bangladesh to Europe called the Tiger Express (TEX) service. The service is named after the Bengal tiger and will connect Chittagong, Barcelona, Moerdijk, Chittagong, with a transit time of less than 20 days between Chittagong and Barcelona. The TEX is scheduled to start from 11 March 2023 with the 917 teu FAITH. The service will operate on an irregular frequency with 3 ships of 800-900 teu on a 17 day frequency. Tailwind had already opera

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd takes slots on CMA CGM's FAL3 service

Hapag-Lloyd will take slots from CMA CGM on the Asia-North Europe FAL3 service (operated as the OCEAN Alliance NEU5) starting from 14 February 2023. The service connects Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Singapore, Tangier, Southampton, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Le Havre, Tangier, Jeddah, Qingdao with Hapag-Lloyd not participating on the calls at Tangier. Hapag-Lloyd will brand the services as the FE9, which will add to the existing Hapag-Lloyd Asia-Europe services operated through THE Alliance o

Services

Hapag-Lloyd withdraws China-Germany (CGX) service, adds Wilhemshaven call on FE2

Hapag-Lloyd will withdraw its China-Germany Express (CGX) service with the last sailing scheduled to depart from Shanghai on 1 February 2023 with the 4,043 teu LIMARI. The service was first launched on 9 April 2022 as a 2 port shuttle service connecting Dachan Bay and Wilhemshaven to turn in 56 days, offering a direct weekly link from China to Germany with a one way transit time of 27 days. The original plan to call at Hamburg was replaced by the call at Wilhemshaven before the launch due to

Services

Ellerman to end GB Express Asia-Europe service

Ellerman has made its final voyage on the GB Express service connecting Taicang, Ningbo, Dachan Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Tilbury with the last sailing made by the 2,464 teu BUXHANSA that departed from Taicang on 11 January 2023, with additional calls at Salerno, Alicante and Casablanca planned enroute before the scheduled arrival at Tilbury on 13 February 2023. Ellerman has shifted 4 of the ships (5,060 teu SC MARA, 3,534 teu MONA LISA, 2,872 teu WINDSWEPT and 2,756 teu CAPE HELLAS) previously de

Services

Hapag-Lloyd persists with dedicated China Germany Express (CGX) despite rate collapse

Hapag-Lloyd will continue to operate its dedicated China Germany Express (CGX) service using panamax ships of 4,000-5,000 teu but the sailing frequencies will be reduced with only 4 sailings to be offered in January and February 2023. The service was first launched on 9 April 2022 as a 2 port shuttle service connecting Dachan Bay and Wilhemshaven to turn in 56 days, offering a direct weekly link from China to Germany with a one way transit time of 27 days. The original plan to call at Hamburg

Services

Bahri launches Europe Asia Pendulum Service

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) will launch a new Europe-Asia Pendulum Service that calls at Dalian, Shanghai, Ennore, Jeddah, Montoir, Bremerhaven, Antwerp, Jeddah, Dalian from 31 December 2022. The service will turn in 80-82 days and will initially deploy 2 of Bahri's roro/container ships of  25,900 dwt/364 teu with sailings every 40-45 days starting with the BAHRI JAZAN at Dalian on 31 December 2022 and the BAHRI JEDDAH on 17 February 2023. Bahri's new Europe Asia Pend

Services

THE Alliance re-directs 3 Asia-Europe backhaul services to the Cape route

THE Alliance carriers (Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, ONE and Yang Ming) have re-directed ships on 3 of their 5 Asia-North Europe services to take the longer route back to Asia via the Cape of Good Hope from week 47 as carriers begin to take capacity management measures to deal with the collapse in Asia Europe freight rates. The affected services are the FE2, FE3 and FE4 with all ships on these services that are departing from Europe from the end of November 2022 being diverted from their usual Suez route

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