CMA CGM continues Suez routing on BEX2 despite rising Middle East tensions

CMA CGM has retained the Suez routing for its Asia-Med Phoenician Express (BEX2) service despite escalating tensions in the Middle East over the past week after Israeli forces attacked the port of Hodeidah in Yemen on 20 July in retaliation for the Houthi drone attack that hit Tel Aviv on 19 July 2024. The Phoenician Express (BEX2) calls at Shanghai, Ningbo, Busan, Shekou, Singapore, (Suez Canal), Alexandria, Beirut, Tripoli, Koper, Trieste, Rijeka, Alexandria, Jeddah, Port Klang, Shekou, Shang


MSC combines Swan and Sentosa to become a North Europe-Asia-USWC pendulum service

MSC will combine its existing Asia-Europe Swan service with its Asia-USWC Sentosa service into a new North Europe-Asia-USWC pendulum service called Swan Sentosa. The Swan Sentosa is scheduled to start from 1 July 2024 and will call at Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Felixstowe, Antwerp, Hamburg, Gdansk, Gdynia, Klaipeda, Bremerhaven, Antwerp, Singapore, Laem Chabang, Cai Mep, Busan, Long Beach, Oakland, Busan, Qingdao. The new service will turn in 23 weeks and will deploy


CMA CGM launch French Peak Service for alternate Asia-North Europe/Med connections

CMA CGM will launch a new French Peak Service that will provide 4 sailings between Asia and North Europe from 30 June 2024 and 3 sailings from Asia to the Mediterranean from 14 July 2024. The North Europe loop of the peak season service will call at Yantian, Cai Mep, Singapore, Le Havre, Antwerp, Yantian starting with the 6,350 teu APL OREGON at Yantian from 30 June 2024 on a 77 day round trip rotation with 4 sailings planned until 15 September 2024. The Med loop will call at Shekou, Cai Mep


MSC launch Asia-Europe Britannia service

MSC will launch a new Asia-North Europe Britannia service calling at Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Cai Mep, Liverpool, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, London Gateway, Singapore, Shanghai from 1 July 2024. The Britannia service will turn in 13 weeks and will deploy up to 13 ships of 7,000-12,000 teu starting with the 9,640 teu MSC DENISSE X. It will be the only Asia-Europe service to have a direct call at Liverpool. The addition of this new service will add 3% to the Asia-North Europe route.


Ellerman resumes Asia-Europe service

Ellerman has resumed Asia-Europe sailings on 21 March 2024, using the newbuilding 1,380 teu BG BLUE calling at Ningbo, Dachan Bay, Casablanca, Tilbury. The initial ad hoc sailing will be supplemented by 2 more sailings on 15 June and 11 July 2024 on the same rotation using the 2,756 teu CAPE HELLAS and 2,464 teu BUXFAVOURITE. Further sailings are likely to be added in August as Ellerman is scheduled to receive 2 new ships of 1,380 teu later this year. The Ellerman brand was revived at the end


Hapag-Lloyd restarts China-Germany Express (CGX)

Hapag-Lloyd will relaunch its standalone China-Germany Express (CGX) peak season service from 16 June 2024. The revised CGX will take the longer Cape route calling at Yantian, Singapore, Tema, Wilhelmshaven, Antwerp, Yantian with the addition of a new call at Tema in Ghana that will offer relay connections to other West African ports. The new CGX will turn in 12 weeks using up to 12 ships of 2,800 to 9,300 teu, starting at Yantian on 16 June with the 3,398 teu EXPRESS ARGENTINA. Hapag-Lloyd f

Service cancellations

OCEAN Alliance to drop North Europe service due to Red Sea crisis

The new OCEAN Alliance Day 8 network starting in April 2024 will drop one of the 7 Far East-Europe services that they current operate. The affected service is the Far East North Europe NEU3 service (branded respectively by COSCO/OOCL, CMA CGM and Evergreen as the AEU7/LL3/FAL7/NE7) calling at Xiamen, Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian, Cai Mep, Singapore, Zeebrugge, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Port Klang, Singapore, Xiamen with the wayport call at Piraeus omitted since January due to the diversion of the servic


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


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

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