Our latest news

New Alliance “Ocean Three”


The cooperation of steamship lines continue and further develops as we can read here below in a circular of UASC:




Dear Valued Client

UASC has regularly engaged in discussions with key industry players to strengthen cooperation and explore new and enhanced service patterns. We are pleased to announce that UASC, CSCL and CMA CGM have entered  a new agreements of cooperation. The new agreement will be known as “Ocean Three”.  UASC/CSCL/CMA-CGM are leading liner shipping companies operating together across three of the world’s oceans; the Atlantic, the Indian, and the Pacific Ocean.

Our initiative to join Ocean Three is another step forward toward our long term vision of increasing our efficiencies and enhancing our current scale and scope of services. In the future UASC will cover a number of new corridors (Asia-Adriatic, Asia-Black Sea) and various new direct port calls in North Europe and North America. We anticipate Ocean Three services to provide competitive transit times, increased frequency and greater accessibility and reliability.

We opine that our revised and expanded new product offerings will allow both UASC and your organization to expand our global reach by entering new markets.

Ocean Three cooperation is expected to be implemented towards the end of 2014.

Thank you for your continuous support.



NYK giving notice for GRI Asia to Europe


Please see here the latest GRI annoucement of NYK:




Dear Valued Customer,
Please be advised that NYK will implement 2014 Structural Revenue Recovery (SRR) program for Westbound with effect from 15th October 2014.
Effective date: 15th October 2014
Quantum: Westbound US$ 690 per TEU
Routes involved:
Asia (Including Japan)/ Indian Sub-continent to North Europe/ Mediterranean/ East Mediterranean / Adriatic/ Black Sea


G6 announces void sailings Asia to USA


We get the following news from the G6 members:




G6 Alliance announces Asia-U.S. West Coast Schedule Update

<Hong Kong>: Members of the G6 Alliance today announced the cancellation of two Asia-U.S. West Coast sailings in response to seasonal changes in market demand.

The void sailings are planned for the following services:

– CC2 service in Week 42 E/B (ETA Ningbo 12 October 2014) & Week 44 W/B (ETA Los Angeles 30 October 2014)

– SC1 service in Week 41 E/B (ETA Kaohsiung 6 October 2014) & Week 44 W/B (ETA Los Angeles 27 October 2014)


The G6 Alliance continues to offer a variety of services between Asia and the U.S. West Coast 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. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line.



NYK announces cancellations of sailings Asia to Euro

Seems that the carriers are worried about the volumes ex Asia and so some sailings will be cancelled. See here below:




In view of forecast trading conditions, please be informed that we have decided to cancel the following sailings.
Below underlined items are the amended portion of this notice.
– Loop 4 service in WB Week 40 (Intended ETD Ningbo 04/Oct) / EB Week 45 (Intended ETD Le Havre 05/Nov)
– EUM service in WB Week 41 (Intended ETD Pusan 06/Oct) / EB Week 45 (Intended ETD Genoa 09/Nov)
– Loop 7 service in WB Week 47 (Intended ETD Qingdao 19/Nov) / EB Week 52 (Intended ETD Rotterdam 23/Dec)
– EUM service in WB Week 48 (Intended ETD Pusan 24/Nov) EB Week 52 (Intended ETD Genoa 28/Dec)
If you have further queries, please kindly contact your local NYK representative



Hanjin service adjustments Far East to Europe

The latest Hanjin circular on service adjustments ex Asia:




Hanjin Shipping will implement service adjustments resulting in the following cancellations of vessel departures from Asia to Europe:





Most likely this is not interesting for most of you, still, we would like to inform you about the CMA intended GRI:




Effective October 15th, 2014, unless otherwise specified, CMA CGM will implement a RATE RESTORATION INITIATIVE 2 (RRI-2) that will apply to all cargo moving under tariff or service contract rates as outlined below.
From: All Asia (includes Far East) Ports of Load
To: ALL U.S. Ports of Discharge
USD 480.00 per 20′ (all equipment types)
USD 600.00 per 40′ (all equipment types)
USD 675.00 per 40’HC (all equipment types)
USD 760.00 per 45′ (all equipment types)
USD 960.00 per 53’ (all equipment types)
The above charges are in addition to any existing Rate Restoration Initiative or Peak Season charge(s).
Thank you



MOL booking amendment and cancellations fee

MOL is trying to force customers to more accuracy when booking and also to avoid “dummy bookings”!

We will see, if they will succeed or if customers start to look elsewhere for a booking situation, which might be less “dangerous”!



Dear Valued Customer,
Due to a high number of cancellations and last minute alterations to existing bookings and in view of the associated administrative workload and operational challenges this creates, MOL would like to draw your attention to the existing tariffs which are in place and communicated through our website, .

Please note amendment fees may apply as per the MOL tariff and following charges may be invoiced accordingly:


Booking amendment fee EUR100
Booking cancellation fee: 50% of the agreed ocean freight rate.


We thank you for your understanding and continued support.
Should you require any further information please contact your local MOL representative.



Hyundai addendum to increases of surcharges!

Here the latest update of Hyundai:





As already announced before, HMM decided to adjust the Documentation Fee, B/L Correction Fee, Surrender Fee, and implement a Congestion Surcharge in order to maintain a higher level of service quality in your supply chain.


+++ In addition, since 2014 HMM has established a Global DOC Center for all B/L creation matters +++
+++ Therefore, kindly be hereby asked to send all B/L instruction remarks in English +++

1.) DOC, BCF, SCF fee for EXPORT cargoes from Germany and Austria for all Trades

All conditions under 1.) are subject to time of shipment and liable to be changed by HMM until further notice.



2.) Congestion Surcharge for traffic via Hamburg and Rotterdam

All surcharges under 2.) will be valid from the effective dates until further notice by HMM.



OOCL Asia- Europe Service Update


OOCL is giving us an update on their service as per below:




Asia-Europe Trade – Loop 4 Service Update

Dear Valued Customer,

Due to the congestion situation at Rotterdam, we would like to inform you of the following schedule update for three sailings on the Asia-Europe Loop 4 service where the port of calls to Rotterdam will be shifted to Antwerp on a temporary basis:


• Basle Express 009W/009E – ATD Ningbo on 23 August  /  ETA Antwerp on 1 October


• Hamburg Express 011W/011E – ATD Ningbo on 1 September  /  ETA Antwerp on 8 October


• NYK Hermes 006W/006E – ETD Ningbo on 7 September  /  ETA Antwerp on 14 October



The service adjustments above are in addition to those announced on 08 August, 2014.

The current port rotation of Loop 4 is Ningbo / Shanghai / Yantian / Singapore / Le Havre / Southampton / Hamburg / Rotterdam / Jeddah / Singapore / Yantian / Ningbo.


For further information, please kindly contact our local representatives.



New Hamburg Sued Service

Please be informed about the new Hamburg Sued Service as per below:




Hamburg Süd is pleased to announce a new service connecting the North European market with Mexico, Central America and Colombia.
This new fixed-day, weekly service is operated exclusively by Hamburg Süd and is designed to meet our customers’ requests for a fast, direct independent service  between
North Europe, Mexico and Central America.

NORTHBOUND: The service will offer fruit exporters from Costa Rica and Colombia a new direct connection to Marin in Spain as well as to the North European ports of Antwerp, London and Hamburg. Onward transportation to Scandinavia and the Baltic will be provided by Hamburg Süd via Hamburg. In addition the service will provide competitive connections between the growing Mexico market and North Europe.

SOUTHBOUND: North European exporters will be able to connect to Altamira and Veracruz in Mexico with market-leading transit times, as well as gain access to the US Gulf, Central America and the Caribbean via Hamburg Süd’s feeder network.

The new service will start in week 49 and will give our customers the required extra space they have requested to meet their growth projections. The vessels employed will have high reefer plug capacity to cater to the growing fruit export market and the ongoing containerization of bananas from Costa Rica and Colombia.
Please contact your Hamburg Süd representative with any questions that you may have.
Contact details can be found: