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
Ellerman has launched a new USA Express transatlantic service that connects Antwerp, Rotterdam, Tilbury, New York, Wilmington, Jacksonville, Antwerp starting from 12 December 2022. The service turns in 4 weeks and will initially deploy 2 ships offering sailings on a fortnightly frequency. The 3,534 teu MONA LISA departed from Antwerp on 12 December and will be followed by the 5,060 teu SC MARA on 26 December 2022. Both of these ships are redeployed from Ellerman's current GB Express service
CU Lines and TS Lines will end their jointly Asia-Europe Express (AEX) service with the last sailing scheduled to depart from Ningbo on 10 December 2022. The 7 ships currently deployed on the service will be redeployed, comprising of 6 ships of 4,100-4,400 teu from CU Lines and 1 4,380 teu ship from TS Lines. 2 of the CU Lines ships have been idle at China since the end of November. The AEX calls at Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Shekou, Southampton, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, Ningbo on a fortnigh
3 ships of 1,700-1,800 teu currently chartered by Allseas that are operating on the China-UK route are currently stranded with Allseas confirming that it is in negotations with owners, while 2 more ships are already confirmed to be off-hired. An Allseas spokesperson said on 19 October 2022 that the company and its related parties have not filed for insolvency. Update : An admistrator for Allseas Global Project Logistics was appointed on 27 October 2022 in the UK courts. The affected ships are
The Allseas Group has launched the Allseas Shipping Company on 13 June 2022 to provide shipping services, teaming up with container equipment provider 1st Containers in the UK. Although Allseas claim to be the first British registered shipping line to be launched in 4o years, it actually follows the re-launch of the Ellerman Lines brand in June 2021 by the Uniserve group of companies. Allseas will continue to develop the China Xpress service that was launched in April 2021 which has been expan
China United Lines (CUL) has launched a new Asia-East Mediterranean Sea Service (AEM) in March 2022. The service kicked off on 10 March 2022 with the 4,395 teu REN JIAN 16 calling at Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou, Ashdod, Ambarli, Piraeus, Qingdao with an ad-hoc westbound call at Cai Mep also added. The service is currently running on a monthly basis, with the second sailing scheduled on 8 April 2022 with the 2,492 teu GROTON.
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.
The Ellerman name is revived by Iain Liddell for a new service connecting China to the UK but the service will be marketed under the UniOcean Lines brand. The service has kicked off on with the 2,464 teu BUXHANSA that called at Ningbo on 7 December 2021 and Dachan Bay on 11 December. The ship is currently heading to the Tilbury in the UK. Ellerman has also taken the newly delivered 2,756 teu CAPE HELLAS, that has been chartered for 30 months at a reported daily rate of $54k. The ship docked at
First new entrant on the Asia-North Europe route since 2004.
Although spot freight rates to North Europe have declined from their peak in January 2021, various carriers are adding ad-hoc sailings on this route using MPP tonnage