Joint Black Sea Service Suspend
The New World Alliance (TNWA) –Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), APL, and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) – and Grand Alliance (GA) – Hapag-Lloyd, MISC Berhad, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) –announced on Feb. 3 the suspension of their joint Black Sea service, the EBX (East-Mediterranean/Black Sea Express). The EBX has been operating since mid-June 2008 and deployed eight ships, each with a capacity of 5,000 TEU. The last westbound sailing of the EBX will depart Shanghai on February 12, 2009. (www.MOLpower.com)
Transas ECDIS Ordered for 54 Bulk Carries
Transas Marine Pacific (Singapore) together with its distributor Marix K. K. (Japan) has secured a contract to supply 54 Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) to Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line). All systems are intended for the bulk carriers. Installations have already started and scheduled to be completed during 2009. All vessels will be equipped with the latest type-approved Transas Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS.
Carriers Joining Forces in New Alliance?
Mitsui O.S.K. Tokyo, May 13, 2016 - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL, President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda), Nippon Yusen Kaisha, “K” Line, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd and Yang Ming have agreed to create a new alliance covering all East-West trade lanes namely, Asia-Europe / Mediterranean, Asia-North America West Coast, Asia-North America East Coast, Transatlantic and Asia-Middle East / Persian Gulf / Red Sea. A binding agreement has been concluded by all partners and “THE Alliance” is scheduled to begin operation in April 2017 subject to approval of all relevant regulatory authorities.
Jeremy Nixon is CEO of ONE Ocean Network
The management of the new company, Ocean Network Express Holdings (ONE) - the joint venture between three Japanese shipowning societies Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ("K" Linens), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) was unveiled. The existing NYK Line chief executive Jeremy Nixon named as the chief executive of ONE. Nixon has been chief executive of NYK’s liner division since 2012, and moved to Singapore two years before that to head its South Asia operation. The holding company with ultimate governance of ONE will remain in Tokyo…
Toyota Backs Japanese $1.8 Bln LNG Vessel Order
Japanese car manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation is turning to LNG-powered ships to transport its cars across the globe, according to a report from Japanese daily Nikkei. The company has backed an investment in up to 20 LNG-powered car carriers with the capacity to carry 7,000 vehicles each, as it is preparing for the environmental regulations that will go into force in 2020. Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and Toyota’s Toyofuji Shipping are expected to be in the running for the contract, which is estimated to be approximately $1.83 billion.
Keppel secures contract for Qatargas LNG carriers
Keppel Shipyard Limited (Keppel Shipyard) has entered an Alliance Service Agreement for the drydocking of a fleet of Moss Rosenburg (MOSS) type of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers chartered by Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Ltd (Qatargas). The five-year agreement was signed with MO LNG Transport Co., Ltd (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha Ltd (NYK) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (K-Line). The vessels under the fleet agreement are Al Zubarah, Al Khor, Al Rayyan, Al Wajbah, Broog, Zekreet, Al Wakrah, Doha, Al Bidda, and Al Jasra. Keppel Shipyard has been servicing this fleet of LNG carriers from Qatargas since 1999. The scope of work involves drydocking for survey, maintenance and repair.
Qatar Drydock has 7 LNG Carriers Under Repair
As part of the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard, N-KOM has successfully completed marine, offshore and onshore projects for both local and international clients, with LNG repairs making up almost half of these projects reports LNG World News. The seven LNG carriers (Al Jasra, Al Bidda, Al Wajbah, Dukhan, Al Gharrafa , Al Rayyan and Al Thumama) are undergoing drydocking repairs, including the overhauling of the main engine, valves, pumps and other general repairs and maintenance. Most of these vessels are jointly owned by a consortium of Japanese shipping companies: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha Line (NYK), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (“K” Line), with Al Gharrafa being technically managed by OSG Shipmanagement (UK) Ltd.
Port of L.A. Recognizes Green Initiatives
The Port of Los Angeles honored 26 shipping and cruise lines for their participation in the Port’s Vessel Speed Reduction Program (VSRP), an initiative that involves the lowering of vessel speeds when ships approach the Port. The VSRP has resulted in significant decreases in diesel particulate matter, sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide emissions into the environment since it was established in 2001. For the first time, the Port also honored 12 ship carriers for their participation in the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), an international clean air program that rewards ocean carriers for bringing their newest and cleanest vessels to the Port.
G6 Alliance Announces Schedule Update Between Asia and Europe
Members of the G6 Alliance today announced additional void sailings within their Asia-Europe product to adjust to market demand. As the G6 Alliance continues to review its product profile, the Loop 6 service’s further void sailings will start from Week 19 for an additional period of 8 weeks. Voiding of sailings in Loop 6 due to changes in market demand / Further service adjustments possible. The Loop 6 service will resume in Week 27 (westbound ETA Fuzhou 7th July). The G6 Alliance…
G6 Alliance Enhances Asia/North America Service
In response to market demand, members of the G6 Alliance today announced service enhancements in the Asia – North America (Pacific Southwest) trade. The CC2 service will be upgraded to include a permanent Pusan call. Transit times from other origins will remain unchanged. The G6 Alliance offers a variety of services between Asia and Europe, Asia and North America as well as on the Transatlantic covering all major port pairs with weekly sailings. The G6 Alliance members are: APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line. The SC1 service will be upgraded to include an additional eastbound Kaohsiung call.
Grand Alliance, Zim Cooperate on Route
Grand Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) and Zim Integrated Shipping Services have agreed to cooperate on service from South China to US East Coast via the Panama Canal. The joint operation is expected to take effect in April, subject to filing with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). New port rotation of the South China East Coast Express (SCE) service is Kaohsiung – Shekou – Hong Kong – Kingston – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Kaohsiung on a 56 day round trip. The new service will consist of eight vessels of 4,200 TEU. Grand Alliance will provide five vessels and Zim will provide three vessels. The Grand Alliance, formed in 1998, is an integrated consortium in global container shipping.
GA Reduces Trans Pacific Capacity
Following a meeting in Singapore, the CEOs of the Grand Alliance (GA) member lines engaged in the Trans Pacific trade, Hapag-Lloyd (HL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), have announced that the GA will lay up vessels during the traditional slack season, effective 20 November 2006 (week 47). MISC Berhad, the fourth member of the Grand Alliance, is not engaged in this trade. The lay up will amount to approximately 3,000 TEU per week; equivalent to the GA’s estimated decrease in transport volume. During this time, ship operators will conduct any maintenance required on the vessels. GA member lines will continue to provide sufficient capacity to meet customers' requirements throughout this period.
Transit Reservations for Expanded Panama Canal Begins
Today, the Panama Canal began accepting transit reservations for Neopanamax vessels for commercial transits through the Expanded Canal starting on June 27, 2016. In light of the upcoming Expansion inauguration date, the Panama Canal will offer four additional slots per day for Neopanamax vessels, in addition to the existing 25 slots of the current Canal. The first reservation was granted to a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker LINDEN PRIDE of Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line), represented by shipping agent Norton Lilly International (Panama), S.A. The vessel has a length of 754.59 ft.
Expanded Panama Canal Begins to Take Transit Reservations
The Panama Canal began accepting transit reservations for Neopanamax vessels for commercial transits through the Expanded Canal starting on June 27, 2016. In light of the upcoming Expansion inauguration date, the Panama Canal will offer four additional slots per day for Neopanamax vessels, in addition to the existing 25 slots of the current Canal. The first reservation was granted to a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker LINDEN PRIDE of Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line), represented by shipping agent Norton Lilly International (Panama), S.A. The vessel has a length of 754.59 ft.
G6 Alliance Implements Asia-Europe Winter Program
Eight void sailings in Asia-Europe trade / Response to expected low demand. Members of the G6 Alliance have announced the withdrawal of eight Asia-Europe sailings from late October 2013 to February 2014, in response to expected low demand over the winter season. The G6 Alliance continues to offer a variety of services between the Far East and Europe covering all major port pairs with weekly sailings, and to make service adjustments where necessary. The G6 Alliance members are: APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K.
G6 Alliance Modifies Asia-Europe
The G6 Alliance has strengthened its Asia-Europe service by adding additional ports. The G6 alliance, consisting of APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line, will be upgrading its Loop 7 service to include calls at Gothenburg and Antwerp. One of the G6 Alliance operators Hapag-Lloyd, said that in response to market demand, members of the Alliance announced the following Asia – Europe service enhancement to improve the connection between Asia and Scandinavia.
G6 Alliance to Maintain Service Structure through 2016
Container shippers of the G6 alliance intend to maintain current service structure and operate as aligned through 2016, following news of CMA-CGM’s potential takeover of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) announced earlier this week. Singapore-based NOL, parent company G6 member APL, said it will continue to operate as normal as its acquisition remains subject to regulatory approvals expected in the later part of next year. Other G6 Alliance members include Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).
Atlantic Container Rates To Soar
Starting next year, the price to ship a container across the Atlantic ocean is to soar, as container shipping lines on the Atlantic will be seeking hefty rate increases s next year. Rates for 20 foot containers heading westbound to U.S. Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific ports would rise by $600 from January 1, 2000, carriers in the Trans-Atlantic Conference Agreement (TACA) said. For 40 and 45 ft units the increase would be $750, they said. Eastbound rates from Atlantic and Gulf ports would rise by $160 per 20 ft container and $200 for the larger units, and by $240 and $300 from Pacific ports. The increases reflected a continuing inadequate return on capital deployed in providing Atlantic shipping services, the carriers said.
G6 Updates Asia-North America West Coast Service
Two services will be merged into one until further notice / Reason is change in market demand / All other services remain unchanged. Members of the G6 Alliance today announced a change within their Asia - North America West Coast products in response to changes in market demand. All other services of the G6 Alliance covering Asia to North America West Coast will remain unchanged. The G6 Alliance continues to offer a variety of services between Asia and the North America West Coast covering all major port pairs with weekly sailings, and to make further service adjustments where necessary.
Grand Alliance Extends Cooperation for 10 Years
The Grand Alliance, founded in 1998, is an integrated consortium in container liner shipping. Its members are Hapag-Lloyd, MISC Berhad, Malaysia, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Japan, and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), Hong Kong. The four member lines have extended their cooperation for ten more years. The member lines of the Grand Alliance are continuing their successful cooperation, and today Adolf Adrion, Executive Board member of Hapag-Lloyd AG, Niels Kim Balling, Vice-President of Liner Business, MISC Berhad, Minoru Sato, Representative Director and Executive Vice-President of NYK, and Philip Chow, Chief Executive Officer of OOCL, have signed an agreement extending their cooperation up to 2017.
APL, MOL, NYK Launch Joint Service
APL, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) have together launched a new joint service between trading hubs in Asia and ports in Mexico, Colombia and Panama. In a joint statement made by the carriers, APL, MOL and NYK said Asia is an important market for exporters in Latin America. By providing weekly sailings, competitive transit times, as well as regional connectivity to Central America, West Coast South America and the Caribbean basin, the lines said shippers would be well-served, in particular those who are moving refrigerated cargo from Latin America to the fast growing Asian markets. The Asia- South America Service (ASA) service replaces the Southeast Asia 1 (SE1) service. Eight post-Panamax ships of about 6,000 TEUs will be deployed in the joint service.
G6 Alliance: Feeder Shuttle Between Germany and Gothenburg
The partners of the G6 Alliance will underline their commitment to the Scandinavian market and start a dedicated G6 feeder shuttle to Gothenburg. The service will provide coverage for the time of the temporary winter suspension of Loop 3. The rotation of the Gothenburg Express service (GTE) will be Bremerhaven, Hamburg, Gothenburg and Bremerhaven again with calls at both terminals CTA and CTB in Hamburg. First sailings of the GTE are scheduled for 18 November in Bremerhaven, 20 November in Hamburg and 22 November in Gothenburg (ETA). The G6 Alliance members are APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line.
G6 Alliance Cancels Some Asia-Europe Sailings
Facing less-than-expected market demand, members of the G6 Alliance announced additional void sailings within the container shippers’ Asia-Europe service, suspending its Loop 6 service until further notice. The G6 Alliance, which consists of APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line, said it continues to offer various services between Asia and Europe covering major port pairs with weekly sailings. The shippers said further service adjustments are possible as the G6 Alliance continues to review its product profile…