The Eastbound alliance shipping service between Australia/New Zealand
the East Coast North
America and Europe, revamped last year with the
introduction of ten 4100 teu container ships, is reporting greatly-improved
schedule integrity since changes were introduced to the timetable.
By removing calls at Fremantle and New York the service will be in a better
position to maintain fixed-day weekly sailings and provide shippers with the
quality of supply chain integrity they require.
According to Jeremy Masters
, Contship Containerlines' Vice President
, positive results are already flowing through from the
"As of the last week in July, there were few delays of any concern, due to
factors such as berth congestion and engine problems. Corrective action had
already been taken.
"The great majority of vessels were tracking either on time or within an
hour or two of their round-the-world voyage targets."
Prior to making the schedule changes every vessel was off schedule to some
Masters said the timekeeping improvement was testimony to the
determination to improve the service proposition to customers.
"When the Contship Containerlines Eastbound
service was introduced it
brought an upgraded product to the market, with the replacement of older
ships connecting Australia
and New Zealand to markets in the East Coast
North America, Northern Europe
"Exporters had not had fixed-day, weekly sailing opportunities to Europe
"In particular the introduction of new integral reefer technology was a
major improvement for refrigerated cargoes, with 1300 plugs for reefer
containers on each ship.
"Experience of implementing such a comprehensive change however showed that
more needed to be done to hold to the fixed-day weekly target.
"We listened to the feedback from customers and were prepared to make the
hard calls in order to give the market what it was asking for. It was a
difficult decision to omit Fremantle and New York, but for a
customer-focused organisation it was the right decision to make.
"The benefits of that decision are now flowing through and the feedback we
have from customers is that they are pleased we were prepared to act on
The Contship Containerlines Eastbound service still has a comprehensive
voyage schedule, transiting via Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland,
Napier, Port Chalmers, Manzanillo, Savannah, Philadelphia, Zeebrugge,
Tilbury, Hamburg, Rotterdam, La Spezia and Damietta.