Auckland Port congestion, the big challenge ahead for New Zealand

Maersk in its monthly market update for July sighted Auckland Port congestion as a major hurdle for smooth functioning of the supply chain in New Zealand. It read “Export demand from Australia and New Zealand remains strong, impacting space and causing coastal bottlenecks.”

The congestion has caused unprecedented operational disruptions. According to the Maritime Union of New Zealand, shipping reliability was at a healthy average of over 70% in August last year across the ports of the nation but...

Container alliances reach 5% sailings cancellation rate

Drewry has announced that out of the total of 496 scheduled sailings across the major trades in Transpacific, Transatlantic and Asia-North Europe & Mediterranean, 24 cancelled sailings have been announced between weeks 31 and 34, representing a 5% cancellation rate.

The following weekly Cancelled Sailings Tracker of Drewry provides a snapshot of blank sailings announced by each container shipping Alliance versus the total number of scheduled sailings.

Over the next 4 weeks, The Alliance,...

2M Alliance updates its schedule from Asia to North America

The largest container alliance in the world, 2M Alliance of Maersk and MSC has decided to adjust the sailing programme on its Asia to US and Canada network.

This action is a result of the “current challenging market situation impacting port activities, generating congestion and schedule delays across the supply chain”, according to an MSC announcement.

The two companies, aiming to match the actual departure dates from Asia, will revise the voyage numbers on the below services to provide better...

Tight shipping capacity sees carriers skip Busan

South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said that liner operators have been omitting calls to Busan, reportedly because Chinese shippers are more willing to pay higher freight charges.

Citing data from Busan Port Authority, the ministry said that from the beginning of this year to 10 July, 6,767 container ships entered the country’s busiest container port, a decrease of about 700 (9%) compared to the same period last year.

THE Alliance, comprising Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, Yang Ming and HMM, is...

Maersk stops calling Brisbane in Southern Star service

Maersk has announced the removal of Brisbane call in its Southern Star service due to the “continued schedule disruption and terminal congestion across Oceania”.

“As a result of significant delays and suspension of our proforma windows, we need to make additional changes to our network in an effort to reduce delays, avoid vessel bunching and lost market capacity due to vessel sliding,” said the Danish carrier in its announcement.

Earlier this year, Maersk phased in a seventh vessel to increase...

THE Alliance to omit Busan in MD2 service until-mid August

After the reshuffle of THE Alliance’s Asia-Mediterranean network, including changes in MD1, MD2 and MD3 services, the container alliance of Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express (ONE), Yang Ming and HMM has decided to make an additional alteration in MD2 service.

During the calendar weeks 29 to 32, the port of Pusan in Korea will not be part of the service rotation due to schedule recovery measures, according to a statement.

The temporary omission of Busan, Korea in THE Alliance’s MD2 service will...

THE Alliance removes Halifax call from EC5 service until September

THE Alliance, a container alliance comprising Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express (ONE), Yang Ming and HMM, has decided to omit the Halifax Westbound call on the East Coast Loop (EC5) service from the 28th until the 35th week.

THE Alliance is taking this action for “structural schedule recovery”, according to Hapag-Lloyd’s announcement.

The list of vessels which will be omitting the Port of Halifax on the Westbound (Export) call:

  • ONE Helsinki (Schedule Voyage 045W)
  • MOL Charisma(Schedule Voyage...

2M Alliance revises services schedule worldwide

2M Alliance is forced to apply several changes in its services schedule due to the challenging global market situation, which has caused port congestion and schedule delays across the supply chain.

The largest container alliance, which comprises Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), has decided to adjust the sailing programme on its Transpacific West Coast US & Canada network to match the actual departure dates from Asia.

“We will revise the voyage numbers to provide better...

2M Alliance announces blank sailing in Shanghai

2M Alliance of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will implement a blank sailing in its AE55/Griffin service due to the current challenging market situation generating global port congestion and schedule delays across the supply chain.

“These accumulated delays are currently causing gaps with the line-up and resulted in Asia departures been spread apart by more than seven days,” said Maersk in its announcement.

The largest container alliance has, therefore, decided that the...

Yantian port back to normal at midnight, container crisis remains

The Port of Yantian is expected to return to normal operations from midnight (00:00, local time) on 24 June, after around a month that the Chinese hub is fighting with challenges caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Hutchison Ports Yantian has confirmed that all berths, including the West Port area, will essentially resume normal operations and the number of laden gate-in tractors will be increased to 9,000 per day, while the pickup of empty containers and import laden containers remain normal.


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