Intra-Asia

Services

Tangshan Hede launch China Vietnam Thailand service

Tangshan Hede Shipping has launched a new China-Vietnam-Thailand 1 (CVT1) service that will provide the first direct connection between its home port of Tangshan with Vietnam and Thailand via transhipment at Nansha. The CVT1 service connects Nansha, Ho Chi Minh City, Laem Chabang, Nansha. The service started on 7 April 2023 with the 1,096 teu HS HONG KONG that has joined Hede Shipping on a 6 to 8 months charter at $13,000 per day. (Update : The ship has been replaced by the 1,060 teu TRANSIMEX

Services

Zim-Hai An joint venture Lotus Link launch HSP1

Lotus Link, the joint venture of Zim and Hai An Transport, has launched its first service from 18 March 2023.  The Haiphong-Saigon-Port Klang 1 (HSP1) service connects Haiphong, Ho Chi Minh City, Port Klang, Ho Chi Minh City using 2 Vietnamese flagged ships - the 1,060 teu HAIAN LINK and the 1,134 teu TC SYMPHONY that allows it to operate on both the domestic route and international route.

Services

PIL and IRIS Logistics to launch new Philippines-Singapore-Thailand service

PIL will team up with IRIS Logistics, the shipping arm of Philippine's Royal Cargo group to launch a new Philippines-Singapore-Thailand from 15 February 2023. The new Thailand Philippines Straits (TPS) service will call at Manila, Singapore, Bangkok, Laem Chabang and will turn in 2 weeks using the 1,118 teu IRIS PAOAY from IRIS Logistics and the 1,080 teu KOTA HAPAS from PIL. Port rotation of the new Thailand Philuppines Straits (TPS) serviceIt will replace IRIS Logistics' current Manila-Bang

Services

ASL and ESL team up in revised North China Philippines Express (NPX2/NPX)

Asean Seas Line (ASL) and Emirates Shipping Line (ESL) will team up on the new North China Philippines Express (NPX2/NPX) service calling at Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Manila (S), Qingdao. The service will commence on 6 February 2023 at Qingdao and will turn in 2 weeks using the 848 teu PACIFIC GRACE and 1,118 teu VIMC DIAMOND. Both ships are operated by ASL with ESL taking slots under a slot exchange arrangement involving ESL's South China Philippines (SCP) service. Port rotation of the new N

Markets

Intra Asia Tradelanes Under Pressure

The intra-Asia tradelanes are coming under the most pressure at the moment with rates on several key corridors already slipping to pre-2020 levels as capacity that were previously redeployed to the Transpacific are now returning to Asia. Total containership capacity employed on the Intra-Far East routes is rising again after a 2 year decline, as ships that were redeployed to the more lucrative long-haul trades now returning in large numbers. Intra-FE capacity peaked in early 2020 at 3m teu bu

Services

Zim/GSL extends China Thailand Vietnam CT3 service

Zim/Gold Star Line is adding more port calls on the China Thailand Vietnam III (CT3) that will extend the service to reach North Asia from January 2023. The CT3 was launched on 25 November 2022 and had initially called at Ningbo, Xiamen, Nangha, Laem Chabang, Bangkok, Laem Chabang, Haiphong, Yantian, Nansha, Ningbo using 3 ships of 1,700-2,000 teu. The service will be extended to call at Xingang, Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Sihanoukville, Bangkok, Laem Chabang, Haiphong, Yantia

Services

Shandong Port Shipping Group launch new Qingdao-Japan service in cooperation with Dongchen

Shandong Port Shipping Group (SPGS) has launched a new North China-Japan service connecting Qingdao, Yokohama, Tokyo, Qingdao, Osaka, Kobe, Qingdao in cooperation with Dongchen Line. The service combines the existing Qingdao-Kansai (QDKS) service to Osaka and Kobe  operated by Dongchen, with the new PES2 service to Yokohama and Tokyo in a butterfly pattern. The QDKS/PES2 service will deploy the 1,049 teu A KOU operated by Dongchen with the 1,043 teu PACANDA from SPGS, starting from 6 January

RCL

RCL and IAL launch new Vietnam Straits Myanmar (VSM) service

Regional Container Lines (RCL) and Interasia Lines (IAL) have teamed up to launch a new service connecting Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Port Klang (W), Port Klang (N), Yangon, Thilawa, Port Klang (W), Port Klang (N), Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City. The service turns in 3 weeks with 3 ships of 1,000-1,100 teu and is branded by RCL as the RCL Yangon-Hochiminh (RYH) and by IAL as the Vietnam-Straits-Myanmar (VSM) service. The service started on 19 December 2022 from Port Klang with the 1,118 teu PAN

Services

Zhonggu launch China Malaysia Indonesia (CMI) service

Zhonggu Shipping has expanded further outside of its core China domestic market with the launch of its new China Malaysia Indonesia (CMI) service in November 2022. The new service connects Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Port Klang, Jakarta, Surabaya, Qingdao and turns in 4 weeks using 4 ships of 1,900-2,500 teu. The 2,518 teu ZHONG GU ZHU HAI made the maiden CMI voyage from Qingdao on 12 November 2022, followed by the ZHONG GU LIN YI, ZHONG GU YING KOU and ZHONG GU NAN HAI. The move marks Zhong

Services

ESL/IAL/TSL introduce China Malaysia (CMS/CMX)

Emirates Shipping Line (ESL), Interasia Lines (IAL) and TS Lines (TSL) will launch a new China Malaysia Service/China Malaysia Express (CMS/CMX) connecting Qingdao, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Shekou, Port Klang (NP/WP), Penang, Port Klang (WP), Nansha, Hong Kong, Qingdao from 20 December 2022. The service will turn in 4 weeks using 4 ships of 1,700-2,600 teu.

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