Asia-Europe

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Capacity deployed on Asia-Europe routes at all-time high

Total containership capacity deployed on Asia to Europe routes have surged to a record high of 6.44m teu, up 23.3% compared to the same time last year. The surge is due entirely to diversion from the Suez to the Cape route since December 2023, with over 700,000 teu of additional capacity added to the trade in the last 2 months alone. 55% of the additional capacity has been absorbed in the FE-Med trades where transit times have increased by 10 days to the West Med and 18 days to the East Med whil

Services

Tailwind revamp Panda Express (PAX) and launch Dolphin Express (DEX/DEX2) feeder services

Tailwind Shipping has launched 2 new feeder services dubbed as the Dolphin Express (DEX) and Dolphin Express 2 (DEX2) from the end of January 2024. DEX will call at Barcelona, Antwerp, Barcelona with the 804 teu SOLONG from 27 December 2024 and DEX2 will call at Barcelona, Moerdijk, Barcelona with the 1,118 teu WILHELMINE from 26 January 2024 together with the 917 teu FAITH (to be replaced by the 1,267 teu CONTSHIP JET on 11 February 2024). The 2 feeders will provide connections at Barcelona

Service cancellations

THE Alliance to withdraw FE5 service

THE Alliance carriers (Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, ONE and Yang Ming) will withdraw the Asia-North Europe FE5 service from November 2023. The FE5 is the second smallest of the 5 Asia-North Europe loops operated by THE Alliance and currently deploys 10 ships of 13,800-14,100 teu calling at Laem Chabang, Cai Mep, Singapore, Colombo, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, London Gateway, Jeddah, Singapore, Laem Chabang, with 1 sailing blanked on an 11 week round trip rotation. The last westbound sailing is scheduled

Services

Transmasters emerge as new operator of Wan Hai 260 ships

Russian container carrier Transmasters have taken control of 3 former Wan Hai ships of 1,662 teu for its China-Russia service. The 3 ships - WAN HAI 261, WAN HAI 262, WAN HAI 263 - were originally to be sold for scrap but they have been retaken by Chinese owners and renamed as HONRISE, NEW EVERPROSPER and STAR BRIGHT respectively. The 3 ships have joined Transmasters progressively in July and August 2023 and deployed on the China-Russia service that calls at Lianyungang, Taicang, Nansha, Colom

Services

Tailwind revises Panda Express and Tiger Express service

Tailwind Shipping Lines, the shipping subsidiary of German retailer Lidl, will revise its Panda Express (PAX) service between China and Europe with new calls at Colombo from October 2023 to cater for transhipment cargo from Bangladesh. The revamped service will deploy 5 ships of 4,900-5,700 teu on a fortnightly frequency connecting Qingdao, Ningbo, Da Chan Bay, Colombo, Koper, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Qingdao on a 70 day rotation. Tailwind will withdraw the direct connection between Chittagong and

Services

OCEAN Alliance adds another Gdansk call in Asia-Europe network

CMA CGM will add a new call at Gdansk on the Asia-Europe FAL 1 service that is operated as part of the OCEAN Alliance NEU1 service from the westbound rotation starting from 10 August 2023. The service is branded respectively as AEU2 by COSCO, LL4 by OOCL and FAL1 by Evergreen. The extended FAL 1 rotation will call at Busan, Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Singapore, Algeciras/Tanger Med (alternate calls), Dunkirk, Le Havre, Hamburg, Gdansk (new from 5 Oct 2023), Rotterdam, Algeciras, Port Klang, Bus

Services

MSC deepens Russia network with new St Petersburg feeder links with China

MSC has increased its exposure to the Russian market with a new China to St Petersburg relay service via Klaipeda and Antwerp. With a total capacity of over 8,000 teu per week, MSC has further solidified its position as the largest carrier in the Russia Baltic market that it has maintained despite the ongoing European Union sanctions against Russia. MSC has deployed the 4,112 teu MSC VAISHNAVI R. on the Klaipeda-St Petersburg feeder service since 27 May 2023 with the frequency improved in July

Services

MSC adds Asia-North Europe Swan Service

MSC will reinstate the Asia-North Europe Swan service from June 2023. The service will call at Qingdao, Ningbo, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Antwerp, Gdynia, Gdansk, Klaipeda, King Abdullah Port, Singapore, Qingdao. The Swan service will be operated independently by MSC outside of the 2M partnership with Maersk. It replaces the previous Swan/AE-2 service that was part of the initial 2M offering launched in January 2015. The Swan/AE-2 was jointly operated by the 2M using ships of 14,000-15,500 teu

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

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