Asia-Europe

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

Services

Safetrans Line launch St Petersburg Direct Service from China

Safetrans Line will launch a new St Petersburg Direct Service from China. 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. The first voyage will be performed by the newly chartered 3,469 teu HENG HUI 2 an

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

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