Hapag-Lloyd

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Cai Mep, Singapore, Colombo, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, London Gateway, Jeddah, Singapore, Laem Chabang that was withdrawn with the last westbound sailing at Laem Chabang on 7 November 2023 by the 14,078 YM WREATH.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

Service cancellations

THE Alliance to withdraw EC4 service to US East Coast

THE Alliance carriers (Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, ONE and Yang Ming) will withdraw the EC4 service from November 2023. The EC4 is 1 of the 5 FE-US East Coast services that THE Alliance currently operates. The last sailing will be made by the 14,078 teu YM WIND from Hong Kong on 6 November 2023. The service calls at Kaohsiung, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Yantian, Cai Mep, Singapore, Suez Canal, Norfolk, Savannah, Charleston, New York, Suez Canal, Singapore, Kaohsiung. The service currently deploys 11 ships of 13,

Services

Hapag-Lloyd/Feedertech updates India-Gulf (IG1)/Arabian Gulf-India (AGIS) service

Hapag-Lloyd and Feedertech will update their jointly operated India-Gulf 1 (IG1)/Arabian Gulf-India (AGIS) service with a new rotation calling at Jebel Ali, Karachi, Kandla, Nhava Sheva, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Shuaiba, Umm Qasr, Jebel Ali. The revised rotation will replace the call at Mundra with new calls at Nhava Sheva and Kandla. It will continue to deploy 4 ships of 2,700 to 4,200 teu, with 3 units from Hapag-Lloyd and 1 unit from Feedertech. Revised rotation of the India-Gulf (IG1)/Arabian G

Companies

Hapag Lloyd earnings fell but lead peers on EBIT margin and RoE

Hapag Lloyd reported before market open on 10 August. Hapag Lloyd’s 2Q results suffered second biggest a bigger QoQ fall in EBIT, following ONE’s 67% as Transatlantic head haul freight rates fell by 50% (Source: Xeneta) while CCFI fell only 7% during 2Q. However, Hapag Lloyd remain a leader in the EBIT margin among its container liner peers. What may have been overlooked however is that Hapag Lloyd has been leading its peers in delivering RoE (return on equity) on more efficient capital managem

Ports

Hapag-Lloyd completes acquisiton of SAAM

Hapag-Lloyd has completed the acquisition of SAAM's port and logistics operations for a total price of $995m on 1 August 2023 after securing relevant regulatory approvals. The deal was first announced on 4 October 2022 with a binding agreement signed on 6 October 2022. The transaction includes interests in 1o terminals in Iquique, Antofagasta, San Antonio, San Vicente and Corral (Chile), Port Everglades (United States / Florida), Mazatlán (Mexico), Buenavista (Colombia), Guayaquil (Ecuador) and

Ships

Charter rates remain divergent

Charter rates continue to diverge, remaining firm for the larger ships in the Panamax and larger segments while softening in the smaller sizes of below 3,000 teu. Demand in the larger sizes have been surprisingly resilient despite the ongoing weakness in the freight markets. All prompt vessels of 5,000 teu and above have been snatched up, with the tight supply to persist until the end of the year. But the supply-demand balance for smaller ships have started to weaken, with a significant number

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