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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Service Network News

Yang Ming Announces Subsidiary in Thailand

Image: Yang Ming Corp

Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation will establish a subsidiary in Thailand - Yang Ming Line (Thailand) Co., Ltd. The new company will provide all services starting 1st January 2018. Mr. Derek Chen is officially appointed as its President. Thailand is located in a strategical position in the middle of Southeast Asia with strong links to neighboring countries, whose economy has been growing steadily over the years. It is expected to see more rapid expansion of the market in the near future.

MAN Engines Expands Sales & Service Network

(Photo: MAN Engines)

MAN Engines said it is expanding its sales and service network for marine engines with bases in the U.K., Poland, Sweden and Chile. These partnerships will build on existing commercial ties between the service companies and MAN Engines, some of which go back decades. “MAN Engines is responding to the increasing quality requirements for a global service network,” explained Claus Benzler, Head of Marine MAN Engines. Specifically, MAN Engines’ new representatives are Diesel Power AB (Sweden), PME Power System Group Limited (UK), Poweras (Poland) and Eilers y Cia. Ltda. (Chile).

ClassNK Opens New Office in Casablanca

Classification society ClassNK established a new exclusive survey office in Casablanca, Morocco, which began operation on January 1, 2014. Located on the Atlantic Ocean in northern Africa, Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city and one of North Africa’s largest ports. The new ClassNK Casablanca Office will strengthen ClassNK’s service network in the region, and cover surveys at ports across Morocco, as well as support clients and shipowners in northwestern Africa and the western Mediterranean. The Casablanca Office joins an existing network of 11 offices in the Mediterranean region and is ClassNK’s 6th office on the African Continent. With the establishment of the Casablanca Office, ClassNK now operates a global service network of 129 exclusive survey offices worldwide.

New REX Service Connects Germany With Russia, Finland and Poland

From the beginning of May, Hapag-Lloyd will be offering a new express connection from Germany to the Baltic region. The Russia Express Service (REX) links Hamburg and Bremerhaven, the two major North German hubs in Hapag-Lloyd's worldwide service network, directly with Russia, Finland and Poland. The two vessels used on REX each have a capacity of 1,400 TEU and meet the highest standard ice-class. They call weekly at the ports of Bremerhaven, Hamburg, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Gdynia, before returning to Bremerhaven. From the two North German ports, there are numerous onward connections within Hapag-Lloyd’s global service network. Hapag-Lloyd has 6,900 employees at 300 sites in 114 countries.

ClassNK Opens Office in Cadiz

ClassNK has opened a new exclusive survey office in Cadiz, Spain with operations beginning today. Cadiz is a port city located in south-western Spain home to well-established shipyard facilities. The Cadiz Office joins an existing network of five survey offices throughout Spain in Bilbao, Algeciras, Barcelona, Ferrol, and Las Palmas. Through the opening of the Cadiz Office, ClassNK will respond swiftly to its clients in the region and provide shipowners with further improved services.

CMA CGM Reshuffles ASIA-South Africa and Mozambique Services

CMA CGM announced the reshuffling of its services on the ASIA-South Africa and Mozambique trades in partnership with Maersk Line (ML). •    New SHAKA2: A service jointly operated by CMA CGM and Maersk Line with 8 vessels of 6,500Teus. The rotation includes: Shanghai, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Louis, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Ngqura, Port Louis, Singapore, Nansha New Port. •    New MOZEX2: A service jointly operated by CMA CGM and MAERSK Line with 7 vessels of 2,200Teus. The rotation will include Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Pointe Des Galets, Toamasina, Maputo, Beira, Nacala, Port Louis. These two new services will replace the current Shaka and Mozex services operated by CMA CGM.

CaroTrans, MOLAX LINE Partner for U.S.-Northern Asia Service

CaroTrans, a global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, announced a new cooperation with MOLAX LINE, an independent NVO in South Korea, which the companies say will create a stronger, more robust LCL service network in the transpacific trade. The CaroTrans-MOLAX alliance will offer secure, local service for import and export cargo moving between the U.S. and Northern Asia. CaroTrans has an extensive North American network of 14 branch offices and 24 CFS (container freight stations). In Busan, MOLAX owns and operates a 380,000 sq. foot warehouse and will have a second warehouse of 360,000 sq. feet completed mid-2014.

Engineering Services Network Appoints Director

Engineering Services Network Inc., (ESN) appoints retired Navy Cmdr. Albert J. ESN, an engineering and technology solutions company that provides services to the Department of Defense and other federal agencies, has named retired Navy Cmdr. Albert J. Desmarais as director of business development for its Navy operations, and will provide additional marketing support for its Veterans Affairs and Maritime operations. Engineering Services Network provides engineering and technology solutions. For more than a decade, they have delivered critical services to various military and federal agencies in the fields of: information technology and health IT, engineering and technical support, strategic and program management, testing and evaluation and operations support.

Hapag-Lloyd Launches New Service

Enhanced service network between Japan and South East Asia / Port rotation includes four Japanese ports / First sailing mid of March. Hapag-Lloyd is launching the new Japan-Singapore-Jakarta service (JSJ) which will commence on March 12 from Singapore. The new service will further enhance Hapag-Lloyd’s service network between Japan and South East Asia, and offer fast and reliable transit between Japan, Singapore and Jakarta. The JSJ service will be jointly operated by Hapag-Lloyd, NYK and “K” Line with four vessels with a nominal capacity of 4,200 TEU each.

Hapag-Lloyd Enhanced West Africa Express Service

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

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.

PALFINGER Finalizes Harding Acquisition

Morten Blix (Herkules) shaking hands with Herbert Ortner (CEO,Palfinger) and Styrk Bekkenes (CEO, Harding Safety) in the background (Photo: Harding Group)

The PALFINGER Group closed the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares in Herkules Harding Holding AS, i.e. the globally operating Harding Group, supplier of lifesaving equipment and lifecycle services for maritime installations and ships. The PALFINGER Group’s new member will be reported on as a fully consolidated company starting from the second quarter of 2016. As a consequence of the acquisition – the largest in the history of the PALFINGER Group – PALFINGER expands its marine business by adding new products and a global service network.

Schat-Harding Extends Service Network

Schat-Harding has extended its wholly-owned global service network with the purchase of Cadiz-based Equipos Aquanor. Equipos Aquanor is an established independent lifeboat servicing station covering the ports and shipyards of Spain and Portugal. Dave Bradley, group after-sales and service manager for Schat-Harding, says, “Equipos Aquanor has been our authorised agent for some time and we have great confidence in the company. Taking it into our ownership means we can invest to further improve services to our clients and to the shipping industry in general. Equipos Aquanor has built up a reputation for support and holds authorisation for a number of major manufacturers of lifeboats, and we intend that it should continue to provide those services.

Hapag-Lloyd Expands Feeder Network in Scandinavia

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

From the beginning of June, Hapag-Lloyd will be integrating the Port of Oslo into its Baltic Express Service (BAX). The BAX will then link a total of six ports in Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Russia with the hubs in Hamburg and Bremerhaven, from where it will be connected to Hapag-Lloyd’s global service network. The first ship is scheduled to depart from Oslo on June 4. The new port rotation of the BAX service is as follows: Hamburg – Bremerhaven – Oslo – Muuga/Tallinn – Saint Petersburg – Kotka – Klaipėda – Gdynia – Hamburg.

MSC Expands and Upgrades Far East Service

Mediterranean Shipping Company will launch this week a new and separate Far East/Medterraneanservice, the Dragon Service, utilizing 8 vessels of approximately 2200 TEU capacity and with a port rotation as follows: Shanghai, Xiamen, Chiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Valencia, Barcelona, Fos, La Spezia, Jebel Ali, Singapore, Chiwan, Shanghai. This service improvement is in response to continuing strong demand from the market and to absorb additional cargoes. This continuing expansion by MSC in the Far East is a logical progression of our service network in the region, said Caroline Becquart, Liner Manager responsible for Far East services. It will give our customers a greater choice and enhanced flexibility.

Imtech Marine Extends Service to Australia

André Meijer, Managing Director of Imtech Marine

Imtech Marine has signed an agreement with Electrotech Pty in Australia. With this agreement and strategic partnership, Imtech Marine extends its global service network, now 94 own offices in 30 countries, with eight Electrotech offices in Australia. This agreement fits in the strategy of Imtech Marine to be present where customers need support on the spot, also taking into account that Australia is gaining importance in international shipping. With Electrotech Imtech Marine can provide all navigation and communications services…

Wilhelmsen Ships Appoints Fontarosa

Photo courtesy Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Maritime service network, Wilhelmsen Ships Service, has appointed Frederic Fontarosa as Business Director of their Business Stream Ships Agency and Bunkers. Frederic has held senior management positions in Wilhelmsen Ships Service during the past 14 years in Sales and Operations which has given him a unique insight into the strengths and reach of the network. (www.wilhelmsen.com/shipsservice)

Hapag-Lloyd Adds Halmstad to Rotation

Hapag-Lloyd

As one of the top global carriers Hapag-Lloyd offers a comprehensive service network and will add port of Halmstad, Sweden to the Nordic Short Sea Network. As of September Hapag-Lloyd will offer a weekly call in Halmstad, Sweden. With the existing Sweden Denmark Express Service (SDX), we can provide a competitive transit time and direct link from Hamburg/Bremerhaven. The new port rotation for the Sweden Denmark Express Service (SDX) is as follows: Bremerhaven • Hamburg • Helsingborg • Halmstad • Gothenburg • Aarhus • Bremerhaven  

Kraft Power Named Distributor for Scania USA

Engine room of a rescue boat powered by two Scania 16-litre marine engine. (Photo courtesy of Scania)

Continuing its North American service network expansion, Scania has named Kraft Power as its newest marine distributor. Kraft Power is now a Scania marine distributor for Florida, Georgia, Bermuda and the Bahamas, representing Scania’s latest marine engine platform: 9-, 13-, and 16- liter engines used for propulsion and auxiliary applications. Kraft Power will also distribute Scania industrial engines in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida. With the latest announcement…

Maersk Optimizes North America Inland Services

Maersk Line introduced a service network designed to offer customers reliable inland transportation. By aligning inland traffic to specific ocean port gateways, Maersk aims to reduce the number of inland routing options. In addition, the company is driving inland transportation through key corridors, taking the complexity out of the network, while increasing end-to-end transportation reliability.

ClassNK Establishes New Office

Japanese ship classification society NIPPON KAIJI KYOKAI (ClassNK) announced the establishment of its new NK Tianjin Office on April 1. The NK Tianjin Office reinforces ClassNK’s service network by becoming the 101st exclusive survey site of the NK global network and the ninth office in .  The new office will also further enhance the Society’s ability to better meet the needs its clients in and around the world.

Eimskip to Acquire Nor Lines

(Photo: Eimskip)

Eimskip has entered into an agreement to acquire the Norwegian shipping and logistics company Nor Lines. The business, with about 200 employees and an estimated annual turnover of approximately EUR 110 million, will be restructured in order to be aligned with Eimskip’s current operations in Norway. Ingvald Løyning, CEO of DSD, said, “DSD started the process of finding a strategic solution for Nor Lines early this year. We believe that further consolidation is needed in the logistics industry…

MOL Debuts New Service Route

MOL (America) Inc. announced the expansion of its Americas service profile. In May 2004, MOL will be adding a new service, the Americas Container Express (ACE), which will call the U.S. East Coast, Northern Caribbean, and the East Coast of South America. MOL has operated an extensive, South America service network for nearly 90 years. However, this is the first time the company has offered a direct service link between the East Coasts of North and South America.

CaroTrans Boosts Services to Central America

March 6 marks the start of a new service from Los Angeles gateway. CaroTrans, a global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, has announced a new weekly, direct, all-water LCL (less than container load) service from the U.S. West Coast to all points in Central America including: Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Panama. This distribution network delivers full coverage of Central American locations via secure, bonded, on-forwarding. U.S.

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