Zim/GSL to launch China Japan Express (CJX) service

Zim./Gold Star Line will launch a new China Japan Express (CJX) service from 27 Nov 2023. The new service will call weekly at Lianyungang, Shanghai, Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Lianyungang on a 14 days rotation using the 1,012 teu IMKE SCHEPERS and 1,o54 teu SINAR BANGKA.


ZIM Gulf Toucan (ZGT) service to be launched in January 2024

Zim will launch a new ZIM Gulf Toucan (ZGT) connecting Argentina and Brazil with Mexico and the US Gulf coast. The ZGT will start from January 2024 and will deploy to 6 ships of 2,800 teu that are mostly to be redeployed from its Australia routes. The ZGT will call at Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Navegantes/Itapoa, Paranagua, Santos, Rio De Janeiro, Cartagena, Kingston, Veracruz, Altamira, Houston, Mobile, Kingston, Cartagena, Santos, Buenos Aires. It follows the launch of the ZIM Colibri Expre


Zim to launch maiden FE-WCSA ZIM Albatross (ZAT) service

Zim will launch its first FE-WCSA service branded as the ZIM Albatross (ZAT) starting from 13 November 2023. The new service will call initially at Ningbo, Shanghai, Qingdao, Lazaro Cardenas, Buenaventura, Guayaquil, San Antonio, Hong Kong for its first 3 sailings before switching to a full rotation calling at Xingang, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Busan, Lazaro Cardenas, Buenaventura, Guayaquil, Callao, San Antonio, Busan, Xingang on a 77-days round trip. Zim will deploy up to eleven ships of 3,5


GSL Kolkata-Chittagong (GKC) service changed to Port Klang-Koltata feeder

Zim and Gold Star Line (GSL) have changed the GSL Kolkata-Chittagong Express Shuttle (GKC) service to a Port Klang-Kolkata shuttle service but has retained the GKC service name. The new GKC is jointly operated with RCL which brands the service as the RCL Malaysia-Kolkata Service (RCH8). The GKC/RCH8 service will call Port Klang (Westports), Kolkata, Port Klang and turns in 2-3 weeks with up to 3 ships of 1,000-1,200 teu deployed, with the new deployment started in September 2023.

Service cancellations

Zim withdraws Med-ISC (ZMI) service

Zim has withdrawn its Zim Med ISC (ZMI) service from September 2023, with the last sailing departing from Haifa on 2 September 2023. The ZMI service called at Haifa, Aliaga, Valencia, Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Ashdod, Limassol,Haifa,Colombo,Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Haifa turning in 5 weeks with 5 ships of 3,500-6,800 teu operated independently by Zim. Zim will replace the ZMI with slots on 3 MSC services covering 3 separate corridors that were previously served by the ZMI:


Maersk isolation intensifies as MSC and Zim deepens cooperation

MSC and Zim have announced on 6 September 2023 a new operational cooperation agreement covering the trades between the Indian subcontinent with the East Mediterranean, the East Mediterranean with Northern Europe, and services connecting East Asia with Oceania. The cooperation is expected to be expanded when the current 2M-Zim collaboration is dissolved from January 2025, with MSC poised to further extend its current slot sale agreement with Zim on the Asia-PNW route to cover the Asia-US East Coa


MSC adds Mex Gulf to Central America service with slots on Zim

MSC has added a Mex Gulf to Central America service through slots on Zim's Central America Gulf Xpress (CGX) that calls at Kingston, Houston, Altamira, Kingston, Moin, Santo Tomas de Castilla, Puerto Cortes, Kingston using 3 ships of 900-1,100 teu. The move follows the announcement of Zim's new operational collaboration agreement with MSC on trades connecting the Indian subcontinent with the East Mediterranean, the East Mediterranean with Northern Europe, and services connecting East Asia with


MSC and Zim extend VSA cooperation on Israel Express/Zim North Europe Israel (ZNI)

Zim will join MSC on the North Europe-Israel trade by contributing two out of the 5 ships on the revised Zim North Europe Israel (ZNI)/Israel Express service from the end of August 2023. The service will call at Ashdod, Haifa, Damietta, Valencia, London Gateway, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Ashdod with the 7,403 teu KURE, 6,724 teu MSC LORETTA from MSC 5,550 teu MSC VIGO that will be joined by the 6,881 teu ZIM ALABAMA and 6,644 teu ZIM VIETNAM. This is the 3rd trade in which Zim and


MSC and Zim to jointly operate new Panda/ZAX service following withdrawal of CAX

MSC and Zim will jointly operate the enhanced Panda/Zim Northeast Asia-Australia (ZAX) service from 18 October 2023 following the withdrawal of Zim's own China-Australia Express (CAX) service. The Panda/ZAX will call at Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Busan, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian, Nansha using 7 ships of 5,000 teu of which 4 will be operated by MSC and 3 will be from Zim. Revised rotation of the new Panda/ZAX service from Octob


Zim pays price for market expansion gone awry

Zim recorded its worst quarterly loss since its financial restructuring in 2014, with the 2Q 2023 net loss reaching $213m. ZIM’s EBIT loss expanded in 2Q by 11 times QoQ. Zim’s 2Q EBIT margin of -11.2% places it at the bottom of the earnings league table comprising of 10 of the top 12 carriers, with Zim the worst of the 3 carriers that dropped into loss making territory along with Wan Hai (net loss of $76m) and Yang Ming (net loss of $4m). Low operating efficiency and high charter expenses have

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