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NYK: GRI Asia to Europe June 1st, 2016







Asia–Europe Structural Rate Recovery (Westbound)
Notification of Increase in Asia – Europe rates as part of NYK Structural Revenue Recovery (SRR) Plan



29th April 2016

Dear Valued Customer,


Please be advised that NYK will implement 2016 Structural Revenue Recovery (SRR) program for Westbound with effect from 01st June 2016.


Effective date: 01st June 2016
Quantum: Westbound US$ 950 per TEU
Routes involved:
from: Asia (Including Japan) / Indian Sub-continent / Middle East / Gulf

to:  North Europe / Mediterranean / East Mediterranean / Adriatic / Black Sea


For further details, please contact your local NYK representative.
Yours faithfully,
NYK Global Liner Asia Europe Trade




APL: Asia to Europe – Bosphorus Express Service update






26 April 2016

Asia-Europe Market – Bosphorus Express (BEX) – Service Update


Dear Valued Customer,


Due to changes in market conditions, please be informed that APL will be revamping the BEX service and it will undergo the following changes:


 Drop Dalian & Xingang port calls – Effective Week 20 (CMA CGM Elbe)
o Westbound: Week 20, ETA Kwangyang 17 May 2016



 Implement a structural void where there will be 1 void every 10 weeks. Below is the void schedule for 2016:
o Westbound: Void sailing on week 21, 31, 41 & 51
o Eastbound: Void sailing on week 25, 35, 45


Please refer to the updated port rotation when making your bookings.


BEX new port rotation:
Kwangyang > Busan > Yangshan > Ningbo > Chiwan > Port Klang > Izmit > Istanbul > Constanta > Odessa > Istanbul > Port Klang > Kwangyang
Click for more information: Bosphorous Express (BEX) Eastbound Service | Bosphorous Express (BEX) Westbound Service


For assistance, please contact your local APL representative.
We thank you for your business and continued support.
APL Co. Pte Ltd




APL: Asia to Europe Loop 7 service update







28 April 2016

Asia-Europe Market – Asia-Europe Loop 7 (LP7) – Service Update


Dear Valued Customer,


The G6 Alliance, of which APL is a member, is pleased to announce the addition of Ningbo call on Loop 7. This will provide customers with an additional coverage option for trade between Greater China and Europe.


Loop 7 (LP7) – Effective Week 20
Intended vessel – MOL Quintet (v. 010)
 Westbound – Week 20 ETA Qingdao May 16, 2016 | ETA Ningbo May 21, 2016
 Eastbound – Week 25 ETA Rotterdam June 20, 2016


LP7 new port rotation:
Qingdao > Yangshan > Ningbo > Hong Kong > Yantian > Singapore > Rotterdam > Hamburg > Gdansk > Gothenburg > Antwerp > Southampton > Singapore > Yantian > Qingdao


Click for more information: Loop 7 (LP7) Eastbound Service | Loop 7 (LP7) Westbound Service
For more information, please contact your local APL representative.
We thank you for your business and continued support.
APL Co. Pte Ltd




Nile Dutch buys Safmarine activities from Maersk









Today, NileDutch, the West Africa specialist container line, announced the acquisition of the Europe to West Africa services and operations from Safmarine MPV, an independently run multi purpose vessel business owned by Maersk Line.


The acquisition complements and expands the service offering of NileDutch to customers of containerized, oil & gas, project and conventional cargo to carry a mix of cargo on the same vessel under a single bill of lading.


“The extension of our service offering delivered by this transaction will enable NileDutch to enhance its operational competiveness in global shipping. With so many infrastructure projects underway in especially West Africa, this multipurpose offering gives NileDutch a real edge and will allow us to seize more business opportunities in the fields of energy equipment, infrastructure, mining and agriculture. By bringing together the know-how of
both teams, we will be even better positioned to provide premium services to our customers across all markets,” said NileDutch COO Jan Willem de Braal.


Jorg Knuttel, Managing Director of Safmarine MPV commented: “Following the divestment of Safmarine MPVs owned vessels in 2015, today’s agreement marks the complete divestment of Safmarine MPV, which was announced in the Maersk Group 2015 Annual Report. For years Safmarine MPV has demonstrated that breakbulk and containers is a strong combination, hence this acquisition is a natural fit. NileDutch and Safmarine MPV are both West Africa specialists with great heritage and strong focus on customer service and personal relationships. As a result, I am happy that our operations will continue as part of NileDutch.”


The operations of Safmarine MPVs Europe to West Africa services will continue as NileDutch MPV with the first sailing commencing in April.
NileDutch’s MPV service will focus on the Europe West Africa trade. Direct calls are made from numerous ports on these services, which accommodate the full range of cargoes, including containers, breakbulk, neo-bulk, project modules and oil and gas-related cargoes. The multipurpose vessels of NileDutch are equipped with cranes capable of loading, carrying and offloading commodities in bulk, project cargo, heavy lift and
containers to the most challenging destinations in West Africa.





PIL: Solas VGM Requirement letter

One by one the lines wake up to address this new “problem”, here the PIL version:






SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement


Dear Valued Customers,


Effective 1st July 2016, in accordance with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS), all export containers must have a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) before being processed for loading onto a ship.


The shipper (or their representative agent) is responsible for obtaining and providing the VGM.


SOLAS prescribes two methods by which the shipper may obtain the VGM of a packed container:


Method 1: Weighing the container after it has been packed. (Weighbridge)


Method 2: Weighing all the cargo and contents of the container and adding those weights to the container

tare weight as indicated on the door of the container.

For either method, certified and calibrated weighing equipment must be used.

The VGM must be specified on the shipping documents and signed by the shipper.

Estimating of weights is not permitted.

Method 2 verification agents approved by SAMSA – see attached Marine Notice No19 of 2016


Based on this forthcoming event, from the 1st June, all of our clients will be expected

to perform their own Navis pre-advice function/s including the insertion of VGM.


The Navis pre-advice screen will be updated with the relevant fields for the described methods.

Implementation of this is expected to take place on 1st May while all the ports are closed and TPT’s

systems will not be affected.

We encourage all shippers to start preparing for the new regulations and to ensure they are ready to

handle any additional functionality that the new requirements may impose.




Kind Regards

PIL  South  Africa


27 April 2016




MSC: GRI Asia to Europe May 16th







Dear All,


Following our GRI announcement for May,  please take good note that MSC will implement following GRI quantum as  :


Trade: All Asia (excluding Japan)


North Europe, UK, Scandinavia and Baltics


Date: 16th of May 2016 – proforma date

Amount: $ 250 per TEU






Cosco Yard Adjustment Charge in Antwerp






Dear valued customer,

the following concerns all bookings for POL/POD Antwerp.

Pls note that PSA/HNN quay 1742 changed their yard organisation for stacking full containers on the terminal. Yard stacking is set up by vessel, by POD and by following weight class:

Light: < 18 ton
Medium: 18 ton – 24 ton
Heavy: > 24 ton

When containers have been accepted full on terminal based upon info fm the booking and if above booking details have changed upon sending the loading list to the terminal a yard adjustment charge will be invoiced as follows:

– COV (change of vessel): when a container is being loaded on another vessel than the vessel indicated in the booking prior to delivery of the container
– COD (change of discharge stowage port): when the container is being loaded to another POD than the POD indicated in the booking prior to delivery of the container
– COWC (change of weight class): when the weight class of a container on the yard changes or weight on booking is different fm weight on the loading list

Please note that from 01.04.2016 the YAC charge increased from EUR 30,00 to EUR 45,00.

Pls distirubte to all parties concerned.





Ireland public holiday



Please note that May 2nd is a public holiday in Ireland. Work re- starts May 3rd.



PIL: GRI Asia to South Africa











PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL Lines  ( South Africa ),  on behalf  of




General rate increase  on  imports from  the FAR EAST  to SOUTH AFRICA.




QUANTUM:                 USD200/20’

                                      USD400/40’  & 40’HQ



EFFECTIVE DATE:  15 May 2016. 







P.I.L  ( South  Africa )


28 April  2016