THE Alliance

Services

Containerships back in full at Panama Canal

All of the containership services that were diverted from the Panama Canal since November 2023 have returned to their regular Panama transits as of May 2024. These services were forced to switch to the longer route initially through the Suez Canal and then to the Cape of Good Hope after the Red Sea crisis escalated at the end of 2023. With the increase in the number of neo-panamax transit slots at the Panama Canal from May, carriers are bringing back all of these services to Panama which would

Services

THE Alliance revises PN2 after reinstatement of PN3 service

THE Alliance carriers (Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, ONE and Yang Ming) will revise the rotation of Asia-Pacific Northwest transpacific PN2 service following the reinstatement of the PN3 service on 19 April 2024. The new rotations of the affected services are as follows:- PN2 (revised from 10 April 2024) : Singapore, Laem Chabang, Cai Mep, Yantian, Tacoma, Vancouver, Tokyo, Kobe, Singapore. The service will turn in 9 weeks using 9 ships of 10,000 to 12,700 teu on a shortened rotation with eastbound calls

Services

THE Alliance delays relaunch of EC4 all-water service

THE Alliance carriers (Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, ONE and Yang Ming) has announced the postponement of the Asia-US East Coast 4 (EC4/Suez1) service relaunch that was originally scheduled from 15 April 2024 after a 6 month suspension. The EC4/Suez1 was to deploy up to 13 ships of 13,000-14,000 teu with a new rotation calling at Kaohsiung, Xiamen, Yantian, Cai Mep, Singapore, Norfolk, Savannah, Charleston, New York, Singapore, Kaohsiung with the former call at Hong Kong omitted and divert from the Suez to

Services

THE Alliance to reinstate EC4 service

THE Alliance will reinstate the Asia-US East Coast 4 (EC4/SUEZ1) service from 15 April 2024 after a 6 month suspension. The EC4 was withdrawn in November 2024 for the winter slack season and will return with a new rotation calling at Kaohsiung, Xiamen, Yantian, Cai Mep, Singapore, Norfolk, Savannah, Charleston, New York, Singapore, Kaohsiung with the former call at Hong Kong omitted and divert from the Suez to the Cape route on both its eastbound and westbound voyages. The new EC4 service wil

Services

THE Alliance to reinstate PN3 service from April

THE Alliance will reinstate the FE-US West Coast Pacific North 3 (PN3) service from 19 April 2024. The service was withdrawn in October 2023 for the slack winter season but will return after a 7 month break. The new PN3 will call at Hong Kong, Haiphong, Yantian, Shanghai, Busan, Vancouver, Tacoma, Busan, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong retaking the rotation of the former PN3 service with the addition of a new call at Haiphong. The first sailing is scheduled at Hong Kong on 19 April 2024 with the 13,788 t

Markets

OCEAN Alliance extension leaves THE Alliance stranded

The OCEAN Alliance partners (CMA CGM, COSCO, OOCL and Evergreen) have extended their 10 year cooperation agreement that started in April 2017 for 5 more years until 31 March 2032. The move will cement the group’s dominant position as the largest global carrier alliance, with a significant lead over their rival alliances on both the Transpacific and Asia-Europe routes. The move also leaves the remaining members of THE Alliance partners stranded as they will not be able to draw one of the OCEAN A

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

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