Hapag-Lloyd

Services

Hapag-Lloyd & Norsul launch joint venture Norcoast cabotage service in Brazil

The new Norcoast cabotage service in Brazil was launched on 6 February 2024 at Santos. The Norcoast service will connect Santos, Paranagua, Suape, Pecem, Manaus, Pecem, Suape, Santos using a total of 4 ships starting with the NC BRISA on 6 February, NC BRUMA on 13 February, NC BREDA from 20 February and the NC BRAVO from 27 February. The 4 ships were all former NileDutch ships of 3,508 teu built in 2014/2015 that were taken over by Hapag-Lloyd in 2021. These ships have been reflagged to the Braz

Services

Hapag-Lloyd and ONE add separate Jeddah feeder connections

Hapag-Lloyd has launched an ad hoc Jeddah Express (JDX) service connecting Tanger Med, Damietta, Jeddah, Damietta, Tanger Med to facilitate cargo connections to Jeddah that are affected by the Red Sea blockade since December 2023. The service will connect to Jeddah via the Suez Canal from the north, allowing it to avoid the Gulf of Aden. The 4,252 teu SEASPAN HAMBURG has been deployed on the JDX since 31 December 2023, with the 2,518 teu ZHONG GU XIONG AN joining the service on 29 January. The

Markets

Alliance revamp in 2025 set to disrupt liner market balance

Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd announced on 17 January 2024 the formation of a new long-term global alliance named Gemini Cooperation that will start from February 2025. The move comes one year after the announcement of the break up of the 2M partnership between Maersk and MSC on 25 January 2023 with a 2 year notice period that will take effect from January 2025. Hapag-Lloyd has also given a one year notice to its partners in THE Alliance for an early termination of its participation in the partnership

Services

Hapag-Lloyd withdraws from THE Alliance to form Gemini Cooperation with Maersk

Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd announced on 17 January 2024 the formation of a new long-term global alliance named Gemini Cooperation that will start from February 2025. The move comes one year after the announcement of the break up of the 2M partnership between Maersk and MSC on 25 January 2023 with a 2 year notice period that will take effect from January 2025. Hapag-Lloyd has also given a one year notice to its partners in THE Alliance for an early termination of its participation in the partners

Services

Hapag-Lloyd adds Tanger-Damietta-Jeddah service for Red Sea cargo affected by diversions to Cape route

Hapag-Lloyd will introduce a new shuttle service for Red Sea cargo connections calling at Tanger, Damietta, Jeddah, Tanger from 19 January 2024 using the 4,252 teu SEASPAN HAMBURG. The service will turn on a 10-12 day frequency initially with feeder connections offered at Jeddah to Aqaba and Port Sudan. The temporary solution will replace current connections to the Red Sea that have been affected by vessel diversions to the Cape route.

Services

Hapag-Lloyd adds Thailand Singapore Express (TSX)

Hapag-Lloyd has added a new Thailand Singapore Express (TSX) service from 13 November 2023 calling at Laem Chabang, Singapore, Laem Chabang with the 2,783 teu ATHENA. The service will feeder connections Hapag-Lloyd to replace the Asia-Europe FE5 service calling Laem Chabang, Cai Mep, Singapore, Colombo, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, London Gateway, Jeddah, Singapore, Laem Chabang that was withdrawn with the last westbound sailing at Laem Chabang on 7 November 2023 by the 14,078 YM WREATH.

Companies

Hapag-Lloyd 3Q

Hapag Lloyd’s earnings during 3Q fell back to the pre-2020 level. Yet. Hapag Lloyd still lead the liner peers on EBIT margin and Return on Equity (RoE).  Hapag-Lloyd has been consistently generating better EBIT margin than the other top 5 liners, save for COSCO, which are on a different set of accounting policies. The better RoE is attributable to both higher EBIT margin and better capital efficiency. Hapag-Lloyd has been cutting its fuel costs by both higher fuel efficiency and scrubber fittin

Markets

Carriers’ battle for market share set to intensify

Hapag-Lloyd will receive next month the first of 9 ships of 14,372 teu that it has chartered from SFL and Enesel for 5 year periods in the first benchmark fixture for ships of this size following the expiry of their initial 10 year charter to Evergreen. The first 2 ships (THALASSA HELLAS and THALASSA PATRIS) are currently undergoing upgrades at COSCO Zhoushan including raised lashing bridges that will increase their nominal capacity from 13,808 teu to 14,372 teu. They will join the FE-US East

Services

THE Alliance updates EC1 and EC2 service rotations

THE Alliance will revise the rotations of the Far East-US East Coast EC1 and EC2 services from November 2023 following the withdrawal of the EC4 service. A new call at Xiamen will be added to the EC1 service that will call at Kaohsiung, Xiamen (new), Yantian, Shanghai, Yangshan, Ningbo, Busan, Manzanillo, New York, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, Manzanillo, Balboa, Kaohsiung. A new call at Yantian is added on the EC2 service that will call at Qingdao, Yantian (new), Ningbo, Yangshan, Busan, C

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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