THE Alliance

Service cancellations

THE Alliance/Wan Hai suspends Asia Red Sea (AR1) service

The Asia Red Sea (AR1) service jointly operated by THE Alliance and Wan Hai will be suspended with the last westbound sailing to depart from Singapore on 31 January 2024. 4 ships are currently deployed on this service which typically turns in 7 weeks on the Red Sea route calling at Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou, Singapore, Jeddah, Aqaba, Sokhna, Jeddah, Singapore, Busan. The 5,610 teu WAN HAI 613 was the last ship to transit via the Gulf of Aden while 3 other ships (YM MUTUALITY, YM MODERAT

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

THE Alliance diverts 3 FE-USEC services from Panama to Suez

THE Alliance carriers (Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, ONE and Yang Ming) will divert a total of 17 Panama transits to the Suez on 3 of its FE-USEC services from December 2023. The diversions will affect 3 northbound and 5 southbound sailings on the EC1, 3 northbound and 4 southbound sailings on the EC2 and 1 sailing in each direction on the EC6 over December 2023 and January 2024, with further extensions dependent on the Panama drought conditions. These diversions will add about 1 week to the total transit

Services

ONE launch Thailand Singapore Express (TSX) feeder service

ONE will launch a new Thailand Singapore Express (TSX) feeder service connecting Laem Chabang, Singapore, Laem Chabang from 14 November 2023. The TSX service will turn in 7 days with the 4,432 teu BEAR MOUNTAIN BRIDGE. It will provide feeder connections for ONE to replace the Asia-Europe FE5 service calling Laem Chabang, Cai Mep, Singapore, Colombo, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, London Gateway, Jeddah, Singapore, Laem Chabang that is to be withdrawn by THE Alliance carriers with the last westbo

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,

Markets

Impact of CBER expiry on the liner shipping market overplayed

The impact of the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER) expiry on 25 April 2024 on the liner shipping market has been overplayed by the carriers and their detractors. Of the 43 consortia that operate in the European Union in 2020, only 13 actually qualify for the block exemption while the remaining consortia exceeds the 30% market share ceiling including each of the 3 global alliances (2M, OCEAN Alliance and THE Alliance). The removal of the CBER will not impact existing alliance arra

Services

THE Alliance suspends PN3 service

THE Alliance carriers (Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, ONE and Yang Ming) have announced the suspension of the PN3 transpacific service that connects Hong Kong, Yantian, Shanghai, Busan, Vancouver, Tacoma, Busan, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong from October 2023. The PN3 service deploys 7 ships of 8,500 to 11,700 teu with an average weekly capacity of 10,600 teu. The withdrawal will remove 3% of the current Far East-US West Coast capacity, with the last PN3 sailing departing from Hong Kong on 24 September 2023. THE Al

Services

THE Alliance drops PS5 service

THE Alliance carriers (Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, ONE and Yang Ming) will suspend the FE-US West Coast PS5 service from August 2023. The service calls at Shanghai, Ningbo, Los Angeles, Oakland, Tokyo, Shanghai using 6 ships of 8,000-9,000 teu from ONE with an average weekly capacity of 8,468 teu. The last sailing is scheduled to depart from Shanghai on 30 July 2023. The removal of this service will reduce the overall FE-USWC capacity by 3%. THE Alliance will adjust the rotation of 3 of its FE-USWC ser

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