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


Zim replaces Port Klang call on ZMP with Cai Mep

Zim has replaced the former Port Klang calls on the ZIM Med Premium (ZMP) service with a new westbound call at Cai Mep effective from 8 January 2024. The revised ZMP service will call at Busan, Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Dachan Bay, Cai Mep, Colombo, Haifa, Ashdod, Mersin, Yarimca, Ambarli, Dachan Bay, Xiamen, Busan. The ZMP called Port Klang on both the eastbound and westbound directions but all calls have stopped since Malaysia's decision to ban Zim ships from calling at its ports that was a


Zim hikes rates on Asia–Mediterranean ZMP service after ships rerouted to Cape route

Zim has announced higher rates for its Asia-Med Zim Med Premium (ZMP) service that has been rerouted to the Cape route from its regular Suez routing from December 2023 in order to avoid the Houthi attacks on ships using the Red Sea passage. The lengthened ZMP routing will raise the total roundtrip time to 15 weeks compared to 10 weeks previously. The service will retain it current calls at Busan, Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Dachan Bay, Port Klang, Haifa, Ashdod, Mersin, Yarimca, Ambarli, Port Kl


X-Press Feeders adds Mediterranean X-Press (MEDX) through slots on HMM

X-Press Feeders have introduced a new Mediterranean X-Press (MEDX) service that connects Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Karachi, Jeddah, Damietta, Piraeus, Genoa, Valencia, Barcelona, Piraeus, Damietta, Jeddah, Karachi, Mundra, Nhava Sheva starting from 29 September 2023. The MEDX service is offered through slots on the India-Med leg of HMM's Far East-India-Med (FIM) service that operates on a fortnightly basis using 6 ships of 6,700-8,500 teu.


Akkon extends FE-Med service with new call at Qingdao

Akkon has extended its Far East-Med service with a new call at Qingdao from 21 September 2023 to serve the North China market. The revised Far East service will call at Qingdo, Taicang, Ningbo, Nansha, Mundra, Aliaga, Gemlik, Gebze, Ambarli, Mundra, Nhava Sheva, Qingdao on a fortnightly frequency using 4 ships of 1,700-1,900 teu. The Akkon Far East service was first launched in October 2022 and marked the first time that Akkon has ventured outside of its core Med services. Akkon Lines was est


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


CMA CGM withdraw TLX service on weakening Asia-Med rates

CMA CGM has withdrawn its new Turkey Libya Express (TLX) service after just 6 sailings from Asia to the Red Sea, Turkey and Libya. The service start on 2 July 2023 with the 2,468 teu BUXLINK and called at Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Singapore, Jeddah, Iskenderun, Malta, Misurata with several ad hoc calls at Lianyungang and Tripoli. Only 6 headhaul sailings were conducted by the 3,534 teu HOPE ISLAND, 4,506 teu CMA CGM OSAKA, 4,294 teu CMA CGM MONTOIR, 4,253 teu CMA CGM PERTH and 4,404 teu CMA CG


2 new entrants launch China-Turkey service

Two new entrants to the liner trades CStar Line and Uniglobal Shipping have jointly launched a new China-Turkey service aimed at the Russian market. The service calls at Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Ambarli, Shanghai, Qingdao using 4 ships of 1,700-2,700 teu that will provide sailings on alternate weeks. The first sailing started from 26 July 2023 with the 1,714 teu BOX ENDEAVOUR that is operated by CStar Line and followed on 9 Aug 2023 by the 1,930 teu CUL LAEMCHABANG operated by Uniglo

Service cancellations

CU Lines ends Asia-Europe/Med and Transpacific services

CU Lines have made its last voyages on the Asia-Europe and Transpacific routes, ending its brief foray into the main East-West routes and will henceforth refocus on its core intra-Asia and Far East-India Subconinent & Middle East routes. The move will effectively terminate its planned Initial Public Offering (IPO) that was launched in Hong Kong on January 2022. The last Asia-Europe sailing was made by the 1,912 teu ZHONG GU NAN HAI on its Asia-East Mediterranean (AEM) service that called at Amb


HMM to launch new FE-India-Med service

HMM will launch a new Far East-India-Med (FIM) service from 1 August 2023 that connects Busan, Kwangyang, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou, Singapore, Port Klang, Kattupalli, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Karachi, Jeddah, Damietta, Piraeus, Genoa, Valencia, Barcelona, Piraeus, Damietta, Jeddah, Karachi, Mundra, Nhava Sheva, Kattupali, Singapore, Dachan Bay, Busan. The service will be independently operated by HMM and turns in 84 days with 12 ships of 4,700 to 8,600 teu. The service will replace HMM's current Ch

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