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Hyundai Merchant Marine Launches China-Australia Express Service

Australia No.1 Express. Map: Australia No.1 Express

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announced that it is launching a new China-Australia express service, under the name ‘A1X (Australia No.1 Express) with carriers Evergreen and APL. The A1X service covers the ports of Ningbo-Shanghai-Yantian-Sydney-Melbourne-Brisbane from August 17 starting its first service at Ningbo on the vessel Hyundai Supreme.Previously, HMM provided the service through a slot purchase from Maersk, MSC, ONE and Hamburg Süd.For the new service, a total of five Panamax (4,600TEU) vessels will be deployed.

CMA CGM Rolls Out TURAF EXPRESS Service

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Shipping group CMA CGM has announced the new service offer TURAF EXPRESS which directly links Turkey, Tunisia and Libya via Malta. It is the first CMA CGM line to offer a direct connection between Northern Turkey (Istanbul, Gemlik and Aliaga) and the main Libyan ports (Misurata and El Khoms) in order to develop short sea lines intra-Mediterranean activities. Thanks to the call in Malta, a CMA CGM‘s hub, transshipment connections are offered towards worldwide markets with other group’s services.

Maersk Line Starts Colombia Express Service

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The largest global container firm Maersk Line has launched a new weekly service between Santa Marta and Turbo in Colombia and Northern Europe specifically designed for refrigerated cargo. Danish container shipping giant added this new service from Latin America to Europe and a new call on an existing service in the trade lane in an effort to tap one of the areas where container lines can still gain steadily profitable business: reefer cargo. The new service has a rotation of Turbo and Santa Marta in Colombia…

CMA CGM Improves India Middle East – East Africa Links

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Swahili Express service will be dedicated to Kenya and Tanzania markets with very fast transit times. Mombasa will be reached from Mundra in 12 days and Dar Es Salaam in 14 days. Noura Express service will have an improved transit time to Somalia by 4 days. Mogadishu port will be reached in 7 days from Jebel Ali and in 17 days from Mundra. SWAHILI service:  As from m/v CHIEF at Nhava Sheva on February 24th, 2017, Swahili service will be operated with 4 vessels. We will add Mombasa direct call in complement to the current Dar Es Salaam call.

Hapag-Lloyd Enhanced West Africa Express Service

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Hapag-Lloyd will restructure and further enhance the dedicated West Africa Service Network, the company said in its press release. Effective mid of March 2016, existing weekly West Africa Express Service (WAX) will be upgraded by deploying an additional vessel, which will enable us to extend port coverage in the existing product. With the restructured service, Hapag-Lloyd will have a direct Apapa call on the southbound leg, as well as a Tangier call on the northbound leg providing connectivity to the comprehensive, global service network of Hapag-Lloyd.

Matson Increases Its South Pacific Express Service

Matson said it it will increase the frequency of its South Pacific Express (SPX) service to Samoa and American Samoa from 28 days to 14 days. The service provides transits from Hawai'i and the U.S. West Coast to the Samoas: 12 days from Long Beach and 5.5 days from Honolulu to Pago Pago, with an extra day to Apia. Matson launched its SPX service on August 10, 2016, establishing reliable, fixed day shipping service between the U.S. West Coast, Hawai'i and the Samoas. Its new fortnightly SPX schedule is made possible by the company's acquisition of a larger, faster vessel that has been christened "Samoana" and will be welcomed at special ceremonies following its maiden voyage arrivals at Pago Pago and Apia.

CMA CGM Launches Baltic Levant Express Service

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Starting May 9, container shipper CMA CGM has launched the new Baltic Levant Express service, offering a direct connection between Saint Petersburg and the Eastern Mediterranean region. Dedicated to the Eastern Mediterranean region - Northern Europe trade, the new service links four major Northern European ports Hamburg, Rotterdam, Antwerp and le Havre to the main Eastern Mediterranean ports Alexandria, Beirut, Mersin and Aliaga. Alexandria is now directly linked from le Havre in nine days.

APL Rolls out Aloha Express Service

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APL has unveiled its Aloha Express (AEX) service, a new fortnightly service directly connecting Central China, Korea, Japan to Hawaii. The AEX service promises cargo delivery from Shanghai, Busan and Yokohama to Honolulu in 19, 15 and 12 days respectively. “The AEX service introduces a new sea route in our portfolio to directly serve Asia and Hawaii. Instead of routing via the U.S. mainland, shippers with Hawaiian-bound cargo will find a faster shipping alternative in the AEX service,” said Jesper Stenbak, APL Senior Vice President of Trans-Pacific Trade.

CMA CGM Launches Direct Service to Black Sea

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In line with its strategy for the development of short lines in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, the CMA CGM Group has rolled out the Black Sea Med Express service, which connects the major countries around the Black Sea (Turkey, Romania and Ukraine) to Algeria and Morocco. The service will be CMA CGM's first to offer a weekly connection between the main ports of the Black Sea and Aegean Sea with the North of Morocco (Tangier and Casablanca) and Algeria (Annaba) in order to develop the activity between The Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea with short lines.

APL Introduces New Pacific China Express Service

International container shipping carrier APL, has introduced to customers in the Greater China market its new Pacific China Express (PCX) service commencing early May 2006. The new weekly service will depart from Ningbo (Mon) and will call at Shanghai (Tues/Weds), Pusan (Thurs/Fri), Los Angeles (Tues/Wed/Thurs) and Oakland (Fri). The mid-week departure from Shanghai complements existing services departing on Sunday and Monday and will offer greater flexibility for customers. The PCX Service will provide transit times from Shanghai to Los Angeles of 13 days with the same for the reverse journey, which are among the industry’s fastest.

CMA CGM: Indian Sub-continent Service Enhancement

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To better respond to our customers’ needs in the dynamic East Africa market, CMA CGM will upgrade and broaden its service offering connecting India and Middle East Gulf to East Africa. Swahili Express service remains unchanged. A wide range of intermodal solutions to Eastern Africa domestic and cross border destinations service offering is proposed by CMA CGM Group in addition to the maritime services.

MCS Adds London Stop to Australia Express Service

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The MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A Australia Express Service will begin calling at DP World London Gateway Port, the U.K.’s newest deep-sea terminal, following changes to the service. The service will now provide direct calls between DP World London Gateway Port, King Abdullah port in Saudi Arabia, Colombo in Sri Lanka and ports around the Australian coast. It will reportedly be the fastest direct service between Northern Europe and Australia in the market. The call is a new trade lane into DP World London Gateway Port, further enhancing the suite of services on offer to U.K.

ZIM Seven Stars Express Service to Add a Kaohsiung Call

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ZIM is pleased to announce that starting November 2017, ZIM’s popular Seven Stars Express Service (Z7S) will add a call in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, offering unique advantages to customers, said a company press release. The service includes: Direct access to New York Maher terminal, Unique product linking Kaohsiung and Wilmington, NC, Fast transit time from Wilmington and Savannah; A premium product for USA exports to Taiwan, Calling Terminal 5, Pier 77/78 in Kaohsiung, for easy access from main manufacturing areas and End of the week departure from Kaohsiung.

APL Launches Island Bridge Express Service

IBX – Island Bridge Express  Image APL

APL today announced the launch of a new weekly feeder service – the Island Bridge Express (IBX) Service. Via connecting APL services at the Caribbean transshipment hub of Kingston, Jamaica, IBX will enable cargo movements between the Caribbean and Asia. “The new IBX service is designed to facilitate growing imports to these important Caribbean markets; and cater to potential cargo traffic arising from the widened Panama Canal where Kingston is closely situated. Customers can expect to benefit from connectivity from Asia with competitive transit time and adequate capacity…

Evergreen Line Launches Express Service

Evergreen Line has announced the launch of its new combined weekly service with Sea Consortium Pte LTd. on the Arabian Express Service (ASX) that commenced December 27, 2008. The new joint ASX will begin with the departure of the 700 TEU vessel, Martha Russ 108N, from the port of Colombo and will operate a weekly service with rotation as follows: Colombo - Kandla - Mundra - Karachi - Nhava Sheva - Colombo The joint service will enhance Evergreen's extensive feeder network in Europe and the Mediterranean as well as expand trade to and from India and Pakistan.

South Atlantic Express Service Enhancements

Maersk Line announced the full extent of revisions to its current South Atlantic Express (SAE) service including the addition of calls to the Port of Savannah and the Port of Wilmington. This service also signals the initiation of Maersk Line service to the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, with a four-day transit from Santo Tomas and full gate availability on Saturdays in Wilmington for pickup and deliveries. As previously announced, this weekly service reflects omission of the northbound call to Miami, and removal of service to the Port of Charleston from the schedule. The Miami adjustment will become effective with the sailing of the Maersk Tarragona, voyage 0908, departing Santo Tomas on 8 February 2009.

APL Launches Atlantic Gulf Express Service

AGX – Atlantic Gulf Express (Westbound)

APL today announced the launch of the Atlantic Gulf Express (AGX) Service – a direct Trans-Atlantic service which connects the key markets of North Europe, US South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. “Directly connecting the Port of Le Havre and Miami, the new AGX service will serve as a unique and market-leading Trans-Atlantic service that enables shipments across the US East Coast, North Europe and Mexico markets. It promises industry-leading transit time between Europe and major US South Atlantic ports…

Zim Adds Pacific North West Service

Photo: Zim Integrated Shipping Services

Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) is introducing an additional Asia-Pacific North West Trade route, CEN – (China Express Northwest service) with the following rotation: Xingang – Qingdao – Shanghai – Prince Rupert – Xingang. CEN is the only Pacific North West service in the market to call Xingang directly, offering the fastest transit time in the market on the eastbound leg from Xingang, Qingdao and Shanghai. It also offers smooth gateway via Prince Rupert to US and Canada inland destinations, with efficient rail connectivity using CN rail network.

CMA CGM Revises Swahili Express Service

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CMA CGM informs that its Swahili Express service operated between India/Middle East and East Africa changes. The new service rotation works out to shorter voyage duration: 28 days with 4 vessels up to 3,400 TEU nominal capacity. Its Djibouti Northbound call is cancelled: last vessel is m/v NORO voy. 2322SN, expected at Djibouti berth on March 10th, 2018. Kenyan export cargo to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and the USA is routed via Colombo (Sri Lanka) with reliable transit times.

China-Philippines-Thailand (CPT) Express Service

Evergreen Line and China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) will launch a new joint service, the China-Philippines-Thailand (CPT) Express Service effective mid-March. The new CPT service, which is expected to commence from Shanghai, will operate with three 2,500 TEU vessels. Evergreen will deploy one vessel and two vessels will come from CSCL. China Shipping will use its CSCL Manzanillo V.0021S to launch its first sailing and Evergreen Line will deploy Ital Onore, which will depart from Shanghai on March 26. The port rotation is as follows: Shanghai-Ningbo-Manila North Harbor-Manila South Harbor-Laem Chabang-Hong Kong-Shanghai.

APL Doubles Frequency of Guam Saipan Express Service

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APL has announced the introduction of a second vessel to its Guam Saipan Express (GSX) service. Serving both Guam and Saipan, the APL U.S. flagged service will be refined from a fortnightly to a weekly service. “The enhancement of the GSX service is timely as infrastructure development, tourism and commercial activities continue to build up in Guam. Being a trusted U.S. flagged carrier, APL aspires to actively contribute towards these developments with our container shipping services. The more frequent GSX service will speed up essential cargo shipments from the U.S.

APL launches India East Coast Express Service

APL Gwangyang Courtesy APL

APL today announced the launch of the India East Coast Express (IEX) service – a new weekly service which directly connects the North Asia markets of Korea and China to Chennai, India. “The new IEX service facilitates our customers’ growing business need for additional and more competitive shipping options. Through the IEX service, shippers will benefit from fast and reliable transit between the North, Southeast and South Asia markets. Additionally, the strategic port calls of…

APL Rolls out China Bangkok Express Service

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APL has announced the launch of the China Bangkok Express (CBX) service, a new shortsea service that directly links South China and Thailand each week. Characterised by competitive transit times, the CBX service promises the industry’s fastest connection from Nansha to Bangkok in four days. Also designed to transport special cargo, this service offers reefer and breakbulk solutions to facilitate these shipments. Shippers with cargo that are destined beyond Asia may also tap onto…

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