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Grand Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, Nippon Yusen Kaisha
(NYK) and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) have
announced a winter programme for their US East Coast all
The temporary service adjustments are intended to take effect
from December 1, 2009, and will last for around 18 weeks.
The North and Central China East Coast Express (NCE) will
provide enhanced coverage including a new call at Kingston.
The Grand Alliance will provide seven 4,150TEU vessels and
ZIM will provide one 4,150TEU vessel.
The new port rotation of the NCE will be as follows:
Pusan -- Qingdao -- Ningbo -- Shanghai -- Panama -- Kingston
-- New York -- Norfolk -- Savannah -- Kingston -- Panama -- Pusan.
The South China East Coast Express (SCE) service will be
temporarily replaced by a combined service with the New York
Express (NYX) service, which is operated by The New World
Alliance lines - APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).
In the newly combined loop, the Grand Alliance will provide
three 3,800TEU vessels out of the total of nine ships for 18 weeks.
The port rotation of the SCE during the winter programme
will be as follows:
Shanghai -- Ningbo -- Shekou -- Yantian -- Hong Kong
-- Kaohsiung -- Panama Canal -- Manzanillo -- New York -- Norfolk
-- Savannah -- Jacksonville -- Miami -- Manzanillo -- Panama Canal
-- Balboa -- Yokohama -- Pusan -- Shanghai.
Grand Alliance announces US east coast winter programme
The Hapag-Lloyd container carrier 'Berlin Express'
A new feeder service operated by the French shipping
company CMA CGM has been operating between the Port of
Hamburg and the Lithuanian port city of Klaipeda and the
Russian exclave of Kaliningrad since the middle of November.
The feeder vessel 'Ice Bird' calls at the container terminals in
the Port of Hamburg, Germany, on a weekly basis.
The first departure of the 'Ice Bird' from Hamburg was as early
as November 18, 2009.
The ship, chartered by the Bockstiegel shipping company
based in Emden, is 129.7 metres long and 20.6 metres wide, with
a carrying capacity of 698TEU and 120 reefer connections. The
ship has a deadweight tonnage of 8,210 tonnes, a draught of 7.4
metres and a service speed of 17 knots.
Meanwhile, CMA CGM is also reportedly seeking to cancel
contracts for 15 small boxships as part of its restructuring effort.
According to Asiasis, South Korean builders are considering
proposals from CMA CGM to delay deliveries for much larger ships.
There are a reported 40 ships on order at five South Korean yards.
"That is not correct," the report cited CMA CGM Chairman
Jacques Saadé as saying. "We started negotiations with the
yards a long time ago because the market cannot sustain so
many new ships."
The current 15 ships in question are relatively small
containerships with a capacity of 3,600TEU and are mostly to be
built at Hanjin Subic. Deliveries are slated for 2010.
CMA CGM has been unable to secure financing for these
vessels. Meetings last week with the builder were aimed at
extending the delivery schedule.
According to Asiasis, Mr Saadé was disappointed at the
attitude of the yards and the way they treated a customer of such
He added that he expected to reach an agreement with the
banks on debt rescheduling before the end of the year.
CMA CGM launches additional Baltic feeder ser vice
The CMA CGM feeder vessel 'Ice Bird' plies waterways between Hamburg in
Germany, Klaipeda in Lithuania and Kaliningrad
Photo credit: HHM/D Hasenpusch
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