2M Alliance stops calling Felixstowe on AE7/Condor service

The world’s largest container shipping alliance, 2M Alliance has announced the removal of the Port of Felixstowe from its AE7/Condor service’s rotation until March 2022.

The alliance, which comprises Maersk and MSC, said it is implementing this specific measure to improve the schedule reliability on Far East Asia to North Europe network, in light of ongoing network issues and as a result of exceptional waiting times in the port.

“The current supply-chain bottlenecks in the United Kingdom...


First boxship arrives at Port of Montreal directly from China

The Port of Montreal has received for the first time in history a container ship straight from China, without cargo transhipment in the Mediterranean.

Chartered by freight forwarder Fracht FWO, Happy Rover arrived on 14 November at Racine Terminal which is operated by Montreal Gateways Terminal Partnership (MGTP), to unload its containers.

Happy Rover / Source: www.vesselfinder.com

The Canadian port said the direct, non-stop link between Asia and Montreal provides an optimal solution in terms of...


Canadian Pacific starts network restoration, first service in Vancouver re-established

Canadian Pacific Railway (CP Rail) resumed its operations on 23 November in the westernmost province of Canada, British Columbia (BC), between Kamloops and the port of Vancouver.

Loaded with grain and fuels, the first trains arrived in Vancouver one day later.

The rail service was previously interrupted due to the fact that a storm damaged 30 locations across CP’s Thompson and Cascade subdivisions, resulting in significant loss of infrastructure in 20 of them.

Hence, hundreds of employees and...


MSC starts new in-transit cargo service to Gulf countries

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced a new overland service that will provide a shorter journey for cargo bound for Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries via King Abdullah Port.

The new in-transit cargo service, which is fully supported by the government authorities, moves containers by inland transportation from the Saudi Arabian port to provide MSC customers with quicker service and shippers with ‘better connectivity.

In particular, the inland service...


Covid-19 restrictions lead to South China feeder services suspension

Due to the Covid-19 quarantine requirements for the crews of the coastal feeders running between South China and Hong Kong waters, feeder operators announced their services will be suspended for a minimum of six 6 weeks prior to Lunar New Year 2022, which is 1-5 February 2022.

Therefore, Ocean Network Express (ONE) will also temporarily suspend the acceptance of the cargo bound for the ports in the South China area that require the usage of the domestic feeders to reach the final destination.



Brittany Ferries launches freight service linking France with Ireland

Brittany Ferries has launched a new freight service in Le Havre, linking Normandy and the town of Rosslare in Ireland.

Underpinned by the reorganisation of trade between Ireland and the European continent, this service commencing on 12 November, will provide one weekly return trip.

The new service, which offers an additional solution for connecting Ireland with the European Union Single Market via France, is the practical outcome of the efforts made by the two partners in the wake of Brexit.



Hapag-Lloyd adds JAXPORT in its AL3 service

Hapag-Lloyd’s 7,000TEU Hudson Express has made its inaugural call to the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) as part of the Atlantic Loop 3 (AL3) container service which links Europe and the United States.

With this addition, AL3 service is now calling on Antwerp, Hamburg, London, Charleston, Jacksonville and Norfolk.

The German shipping line has decided that AL3 will call JAXPORT’s TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Point for at least the next eight weeks to avoid US congestion, while...


CMA CGM reschedules services to avoid congestion

CMA CGM has published the revision of a couple of its services with port call removals, as an effort to confront the global port congestion.

Firstly, the French carrier will omit the Port of Savannah, US on its Liberty Bridge service connecting North Europe with US East Coast aiming to ensure its schedule integrity.

CMA CGM noted that Savannah will be excluded from the Liberty Bridge service’s vessel rotation on a temporary basis due to the ongoing congestion in the port.

Below are mentioned the...


Ruscon completes its 100th rail service in Moscow Express

The 100th train of the Moscow Container Express service departed on 18 November from the DeloPorts-operated NUTEP terminal in the Russian Port of Novorossiysk to reach Selyatino in Moscow region.

The multimodal transport operator Ruscon organised the dispatch of the container train, which is part of the weekly Moscow Express service.

Before the departure, a festive ceremony was held in honour of this event. The attendees, including Ruscon, Maersk and DeloPorts employees, noted that the service...


Suspected Covid-19 case on Maersk Emden

Mediterranean Shipping Company has announced that the 13,100TEU Maersk Emden, which is deployed on 2M Alliance’s Jaguar/TP2 service, has been at anchorage in Chiwan Container Terminal of the Shenzhen port in China since 22 November due to a suspected case of Covid-19 infliction onboard.

The 2010-built container ship will remain in the Chinese port until it receives further updates from authorities for the next actions.

“As per standard procedures, the affected crew member has been isolated, and...


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