European lines add Busan ‘extra loaders’ on the Pacific

By year-end, the world’s three largest liner operators, Maersk Line, MSC and CMA CGM will deploy a total of seven ships to transport containers from South Korea to the US West Coast, in response to South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries’ (MOF) calls for more shipping capacity.

The first of these vessels was deployed from Busan on 25 November 2020 and six other ships will be despatched from December, adding to the extra loaders started by South Korean carriers HMM and SM Line.


Klinge Corp plans to ramp up reefer production

US based reefer container specialist the Klinge Corporation to ramp up production as demand for specialist low temperature containers is expected to grow with the coming distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.

Vaccines tipped for approval over the coming weeks include the Pfizer/BioNtech jab, Moderna and the Oxford University/Astrazeneca injections. Of the three vaccines the Pfizer medication will be the most difficult to distribute, requiring temperatures of -70°C, while the Moderna serum will need...

CNC Line and X-Press Feeders in mutual slot purchases

CMA CGM’s intra-Asia arm Cheng Lie Navigation (CNC Line) and Singapore-based feeder operator X-Press Feeders have entered into a mutual slot exchange on their respective South Korea-Japan services, in order to offer better coverage of the route. The arrangement began in early November 2020.

Firstly, CNC Line is buying slots on X-Press Feeders’ weekly Busan-Niigata X-Press (BNX) service, which connects South Korea’s busiest container port, Busan, with the western Japanese ports of Niigata,...

Rollover cargo still on the increase says Ocean Insights

Increasing levels of rollover cargo at congested ports are continuing to prevent the smooth operation of global supply chains an Ocean Insights study has found.

Asian ports exporting to Europe and the US have seen a month-on-month rise in cargo delayed at ports during October, according to data analysis of  more than one million data points, according to the data consolidation and analysis group for forwarders and shippers, Ocean Insights, which is based in Rostock Germany.

“Overall container...

Breakdown in trust leaves shippers outraged at vessel operators

Beneficial cargo owners believe that there has been an erosion of trust between service provider and customer that has left shippers shocked and angered at the failure of lines to accommodate their customers during this period of the pandemic.

European Shippers’ Council (ESC) members believe that the European authorities should be concerned about the poor service provided by the carriers who are geared to earn profits without providing a service that is fit for purpose.

“Our suggestion to the...

Alleged US demurrage abuses could lead to legal action

Shippers, truckers, and freight forwarders reeling from almost US$150 million in demurrage fees linked to congestion in the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach and New York this year have threatened to take their complaints to US congress to bring an end to carrier abuses.

More than 40 shippers and trucking associations have teamed up to criticise carriers’ failure to respect an “interpretative rule” introduced by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in May that sought to govern conflicts on the...

Australian Union refuses to accept Svitzer’s new deal

Members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) working for the Maersk tugboat subsidiary, Svitzer, have begun a series of work restrictions after the employer’s claims for new conditions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

An MUA statement said the union had given extensive notice to the company of the industrial action in an effort to allow the company to reduce the impact on its customers.

However, the union was steadfast in its position claiming that Svitzer had shifted the goal posts...

Stats show need for regional fleet renewal

London-based shipbroker Braemar believes that 2021 could see a spate of ordering for vessels of around 3,500TEU as nearly 30% of these vessels in the global fleet will be over 20-years old.

According to Jonathan Roach of Braemar ACM’s research division, by January of next year the number of vessels in the regional vessel size, around the old panama sized vessels, up to 4,000TEU, totals 3,100 ships, with up to 900 reaching an age where operating companies will need to consider replacing the ships...

Maersk adds Huelva port call to its W5C service

Maersk has updated its weekly service W5C with the addition of the Huelva port call. The Spanish port will be included in the service rotation which will be updated, Algeciras – Leixoes – Huelva – Algeciras.

The arrival of this weekly call is expected on Saturdays at 02:30 and the departure is expected for Saturday at 14:30, according to Maersk’s announcement.

The Danish carrier added that the port deadlines will be communicated before the vessel departure.

“All the containers that ship with us...

MSC adds second-hand tonnage to its fleet

The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has been busy in the second-hand vessel market adding six container ships to its fleet, according to shipbroking reports.

The Swiss-based carrier, already the second largest shipping company in the world, has bought the vessels from German owner Zeaborn, according to Greece-based shipbroker, Allied. Its weekly market report says that MSC has acquired the 8,200TEU ER Tianping, ER Tianshan, ER Tokyo and ER Texas along with the 7,900TEU ER Vancouver and ER...