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OOCL: G6 Alliance announces Asia-North America Winter Program






September 30, 2015

G6 Alliance announces Asia-North America Winter Program



<Hong Kong> Members of the G6 Alliance today announced the Winter Program for Asia – North America services in response to traditional seasonal changes in market demand. The following are the temporary service suspensions:

Asia – North America East Coast Service
The G6 Alliance will combine the NYE and SCE services into a single service with the following port rotation:

Xiamen – Kaohsiung –  Hong Kong – Yantian – Shanghai (Yangshan) – Pusan – Panama Canal –  Manzanillo – Kingston – Savannah – Charleston – New York – Norfolk – Jacksonville – Kingston – Manzanillo – Panama Canal – Balboa – Pusan – Xiamen

The first sailing of the combined service will start with the Week 44 sailing (ETA Xiamen October 29, 2015).

The last sailings of the temporarily suspended NYE and SCE services are as follows:

• NYE: Week 44 E/B (ETA Kaohsiung October 25, 2015) & Week 48 W/B (ETA Savannah November 23, 2015)
• SCE: Week 43 E/B (ETA Xiamen October 20, 2015) & Week 48 W/B (ETA Savannah November 22, 2015)



Asia – North America West Coast Service
The G6 Alliance will temporarily suspend the Central China 2 (CC2) service between Asia and the North America West Coast during the winter period starting from Week 44.

The last sailing for CC2 will be on Week 43 E/B (ETA Ningbo October 18, 2015) and Week 45 W/B (ETA Long Beach November 5, 2015). The Pusan Eastbound call will be added to the CC4 during the CC2 suspension resulting in the following rotation:

Shanghai (WaiGaoQiao) – Ningbo – Pusan – Los Angeles – Oakland – Shanghai (WaiGaoQiao)

The G6 Alliance continues to offer a variety of services between Asia and North America covering all major port pairs with weekly sailings, and to make service adjustments where necessary. The G6 Alliance also offers services on the Asia-Europe and Transatlantic trade lanes.

The G6 Alliance members are: APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line.




Maersk: GRI South America to South Africa and Far East






East Coast South America to Southern Africa and Far East Asia General Rate Increase (GRI)



Effective date: 1 October 2015
Scope: East Coast South America to Southern Africa (Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and Far East Asia
General Rate Increase: USD 50/100/100 per 20’/40’/40’ high cube dry




ZIM: News for service Asia to Med






Zim news for service Asia to Med.


Zim Lines are not  “sleeping” and are considerably improving their services from Asia to the MED with up-graded round trips and time tables. on the EMX & AME Lines. This considering the expected activity of the 2M competing weekly direct call service to Israel.




The company will offer as of Mid October an improved service on the EMX Line (East-Med- Black Sea Express Service) which will include an enlarged cover of ports as well as 2 weekly calls in Haifa and Ashdod.




The new Round trip on the EMX Line will be as follows:

Pusan -Shanghai – Ningbo – Da Chan Bay – Ashdod – Haifa –Istanbul –Novorossiysk –Odessa – Istanbul -Haifa- – Nhava Sheva – Port Kelang – Da Chan Bay –Pusan

starting with the M/V Zim Shekou Voy. 36W leaving Busan on October 16th.





At the same time ZIM will upgrade the AME Line (Asia-India Sub Continent-East MED). This upgrading will include a direct  call at Xingang and Xingdao, opertaing 9 vessels instead of 8 at present,




The round trip will be as follows:

Xiamen – Xingang – Qingdao – Ningbo – Shanghai – Da Chan Bay – Port Kelang – Cochin – Nhava Sheva – Mundra – – Haifa – Ashdod – Alexandria – Mersin  – Xiamen.

The M/V Beatrice Schulte Voy. 5 W will inaugurate this service leaving Xingang, on Octoer 13th.





Maersk: ME2 and ME3 – Service changes






ME2 and ME3 – Service changes



In an effort to continually enhance our service to you, we are pleased to announce further improvement of ME2 and ME3 services by offering extended coverage of Middle East ports. To serve the demand of the region we will be adding Salalah (Oman) and Aqaba (Jordan) calls to ME2 westbound rotation and Port Said (Egypt) and Salalah (Oman) ports to our ME3 eastbound rotation.

New rotations will be as follows:

Jebel Ali (U. A. E.) – Salalah (Oman) – Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) – Aqaba (Jordan) – Port Said (Egypt) – Marsaxlokk (Malta) – Port Tangier (Morocco) – Algeciras (Spain) – Valencia (Spain) – Barcelona (Spain) – Genoa (Italy) – Port Said (Egypt) – Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) – Salalah (Oman) – Jebel Ali (U. A. E.) – Abu Dhabi (U. A. E.) – Dammam (Saudi Arabia) – Jubail (Saudi Arabia)

  • The first vessel covering new rotation – Maersk Taikung etd Dammam (Saudi Arabia) on 4 October 2015

Novorossiysk (Russia) – Ambarli (Turkey) – Izmit Korfezi (Turkey) – Izmir (Turkey) – Mersin (Turkey) – Iskenderun (Turkey) – Port Said (Egypt) – Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) – Salalah (Oman) – Jebel Ali (U. A. E.) – Pipavav (India) – Hazira (India) – Jawaharlal Nehru (India)

  • The first vessel covering new rotation – Maersk Euphrates, etd Novorossiysk (Russia) on 24 October 2015

We thank you for your support and look forward to serving your future global transportation needs. Should you have any further queries, please feel free to contact your local Maersk Line representative.



MSC: GRI Asia to South Africa Oct. 15th










Dear Valued Customer,


Kindly note that with effect from 15st October 2015 (proforma sailing date) there will be a General Rate Increase ex Asia to South Africa and Namibia at the following quantum:


USD 150 / 20’
USD 300 / 40’


We thank you for your valued support and assure you of our continued commitment.
Date: 25/09/2015




South Africa office closed due to national holiday


South Africa office closed due to national holiday


Thursday is a national holiday in South Africa so our offices will be closed on the 24/09 but we will be back open again on Friday 25/09.

Hapag LLoyd: Toronto Trucker Strike Update







CTAO Toronto Trucker Strike – Update 2



September 1 8, 2015

Dear Customer,


The Container Trucking Association of Ontario (CTAO) has reached a tentative deal and members are expected to be returning to work. Although rail operations have returned to normal, there will be potential delays at both Toronto rail yards (CP Vaughan and CNR Brampton). We anticipate that it will take several days to clear up the current backlog.



The rail providers are requesting that customers pick up their import cargo without delay in an effort to maintain fluidity. We have been in contact with our approved trucking vendors and have been advised that appointments are being made and container movements are underway.


Any third party costs remain for the account of the cargo.
For further information please contact your local Hapag-Lloyd sales or customer service representative.
Kind regards,
Hapag-Lloyd (Canada) Inc.
as agent of Hapag-Lloyd AG




Hapag LLoyd: AX 4 rotation update







Atlantic Express 4 (AX4) – Service Improvement



September 16, 2015

Dear Customer,


In order to further improve the service quality in the Atlantic trade we will change the port rotation on the Atlantic Express (AX4) Service as from week 43 onwards.


The new rotation will be as follows:


Bremerhaven • Rotterdam • Le Havre • Savannah • New York


The first sailing with the new rotation will be performed by:


MV COLETTE (006W) ETS Bremerhaven October 22, 2015


For further information please contact your local Hapag-Lloyd office.
Kind regards,
Hapag-Lloyd AG




Hapag LLoyd: Update Antafogasta Strike







Strike – Antofagasta Terminal Internacional



Santiago, September 15, 2015

Dear Customer,

Please be informed that from August 31st, Antofagasta Terminal Internacional has a strike of their stevedores, whom also, has all the access to the terminal blocked and paralyzed the operations for all kind of vessels.

The terminal has qualified this situation as force majeure.

The information received until now, union negotiations with Terminal’s management still continues without any further news so far.
We will maintain you informed.
Hapag-Lloyd AG




Hapag LLoyd: GRI Far East to Europe







General Rate Increase – Far East Westbound East Asia to North Europe and Mediterranean

September 22, 201 5

Dear Customer,


Due to the unsustainable rate levels on the Asia to Europe trade, we would like to inform you that with effect from October 19, 2015 Hapag-Lloyd will implement a General Rate Increase for all cargoes and all container types on the Far East westbound trade by:


 USD 950 per TEU


Foregoing is applicable for all shipments from East Asia (excluding Japan) to all North Europe and Mediterranean destinations.



North Europe comprises North West Continent, the U.K., Scandinavia, Baltic and European ports of Russia.
Mediterranean comprises the West Mediterranean, East Mediterranean, Black Sea and North Africa.
East Asia comprises Japan, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China (PRC), Macao, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Brunei and Russian Pacific Ports of Vladivostok and Vostochny.


For further information please contact your local Hapag-Lloyd office.
Kind regards,
Hapag-Lloyd AG