Chang Kah Loon

Chang Kah Loon
Chartered Logistician (UK) * Certified Professional Logistician (Aust) * Certified Transport Planner (Aust) * 特许物流师 * 特许交通规划师

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Maersk joins CMA-CGM on FAL3 service

Maersk is becoming a vessel deployer on the CMA-CGM's Asia/ Europe FAL3 service from the beginning of July 2009. Maersk shall phase in a 9,600 TEUs vessel, which has previously deployed on the CMA CGM FAL1 service, from Qingdao on 7 July 2009.

For Maersk, the service will be operated as the AE23 service. An existing call on the FAL3/ AE23 service at Xiamen will be dropped and a new call at Chiwan will be introduced in mid-July 2009. Nine vessels averaging 8,740 TEUs weekly capacity will run the service, offering direct calls at Qingdao, Ningbo, Chiwan, Nansha, Yantian, Port Klang, Malta, Le Havre, Dunkirk, Zeebrugge, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Southampton, Beirut, Jeddah, Port Klang, Chiwan and Qingdao.

Source: PR News/ Copy 6055/ 14 May 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

MSC back into Asia/Black Sea trade with the resurrected Tiger Service

It's less than six months after suspending its Asia/ Black Sea Tiger Service, a move that took nearly 7,000 TEUs of weekly capacity out of the trade, Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) is resurrecting its Black Sea service and will resume offering direct calls at Istanbul, Constantza, Odessa and Ilyichevsk.

The re-instated Tiger Service will begin with the first westbound sailingfrom Ningbo on 22 May 2009 by the 6,732 TEUs MSC Alessia. Port rotation on the Tiger Service in the Mediterranean rotation shall include Beirut, Istanbul, Constantza, Odessa and Ilychevsk.

Source: PR News/ Copy 6054/ 13 May 2009

K Line continues Europe/ ISC service through SCI slot deal

K Line purchases slots on the newly-launched Shipping Corporation of India (SCI)/ Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) Europe/ Indian Sub-Continent service, a move that ensures the line will continue to serve the Europe/ ISC trade following the ending of the present ISES service between K Line, SCI and YML.

The K Line slot agreement is with SCI, and does not involve MSC. The present ISES service will end with the last westbound sailing expected to arrive in north Europe in early June. Under the new MSC/ ISC service, that will also operate under the name of ISES, the port coverage will be: Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Salalah, Port Said, Barcelona, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Port Said, Jeddah, Colombo and Nhava Sheva.

Seven vessels averaging 4,300 TEUs will eventually be deployed, with the split being four from SCI and three from MSC. SCI will also offer direct calls at Gothenburg, but that call will not involve K Line. For MSC, the new ISES service is in addition to its own India/ Pakistan service known as the IPAK service, which is being upgraded from 4,300 TEUs to 6,300 TEUs vessels. The port coverage for this service will continue as Nhava Sheva, Gioia Tauro, Valencia, Felixstowe, Antwerp, Jeddah, Salalah, Mundra and Nhava Sheva.

Source: PR News/ Copy 6051/ 13 May 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Push up China/ Indian Sub-Continent capacity

Wan Hai, Evergreen and Hapag-Lloyd are increasing the capacity on the China/ India trade by over 60% replacing vessels of 1,600/1,800 TEUs with larger units of 2,300/3,300 TEUs on their joint China India Express (CIX) service.

Ports of call for the CIX include Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Shekou, Singapore, Port Kelang, Colombo, Nhava Sheva, Port Kelang, Singapore and Kaohsiung.

Source: PR News/ Copy 6047/ 12 May 2009

YML & OOCL to double China/Pakistan capacity

YML and OOCL intend to double the capacity on their jointly-operated China/Pakistan Express (CPX) from the end of May 2009. Presently, the CPX service is operated with five vessels between 1,500 and 1,800 TEUs capacity, but through late May and June 2009, the Lines concerned will phase in vessel replacements between 2,700 and 3,600 TEUs capacity, boosting weekly capacity from the present 1,730 TEUs to 3,400 TEUs

The CPX will also include a new eastbound call at Nhava Sheva starting with the first call on 9 June 2009. The CPX shall thus cover Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou, Karachi, Mundra, NhavaSheva, Penang, Port Kelang, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Source: PR News/ Copy 6045/ 11 May 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

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Grand Alliance and CKYH Alliance join efforts

PR News Service has learned that, the Grand Alliance is going to join up with the CKYH Alliance on the China North East Pacific (CEN) service on the Asia/ US West coast trade from the end of this month.

The CEN service has historically been a COSCO Container Lines operated service under the CKYH Alliance, but from the end of May, the Grand Alliance Lines will begin phasing in three 5,000/6,000 TEUs vessels, with the first, the 6,148 TEUs NYK Canopus expected to sail from Dalian on 30 May 2009.

All three vessels, which include the 5,888 TEUs siser vessels, OOCL Antwerp and OOCL Vancouver, are being switched from the Middle East Asia Express (MAX), which as reported (Copy 6042, 8 May 2009), is also becoming an OOCL, TSK (NYK), COSCO-operated service initially with COSCO capacity previously deployed on the CEN service.

The five vessels necessary to run a weekly service will be completed with two further vessels from Hanjin The CEN service offers direct port calls at Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Prince Rupert, Long Beach, Oakland, Yokohama and Dalian.

The vessel deployment on the CEN will be, as follows:-

OOCL Antwerp - 5,888 TEUs
OOCL Vancouver - 5,888 TEUs
NYK Canopus - 6,148 TEUs
Hanjin Ottawa - 5,608 TEUs
Hanjin Basel - 5,752 TEUs

Weekly capacity: 5,856 TEUs

Source: PR News/ Copy 6044/ 11 May 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

总说,妈妈是最强的... 最关心我们的
感谢她... 她暖呼呼的照顾方式
母亲节, 表达你真诚的母亲节问候... 让她微笑

She balances so many roles and does it all with a smile
She is your friend and is also your caring Mummy
She has her hand full and her heart is overflowing with love
Just show your sincere appreciation for her
on this Special Day...

Friday, May 8, 2009

OOCL, TSK & COSCO shall launch new Far East/Middle East service

OOCL, TSK Line (NYK) and COSCO Container Lines (COSCO), are launching a new Far East/ Middle East service, which is known as the Middle East Express (MEX) service, with five vessels of 7,500 TEUs capacity.

The new service will start with the first westbound sailing from Shanghai on 17 May 2009 and will replace the existing Middle East Asia Express (MAX) service, which is presently run by OOCL and TSK with 5,500 TEUs vessels.

Emirates Shipping will have slots on the MAX service.

The port coverage of the new MEX service shall be Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Shekou, Singapore, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

This is a good sign for the logistics industry as a whole.

Source: PR News/ Copy 6042/ 8 May 2009

CKYH Alliance suspends Pacific Northwest service

The CKYH Alliance lines (COSCO, K Line, YML, Hanjin), are going to suspend their joint Pacific Northwest 3 (PNW3) service, which covers the Far East/ Tacoma/ Vancouver trade, from this month.

The last outbound sailing from Kaohsiung is expected to sail on 11 May 2009 and the withdrawal of the service takes a further 3,800 TEUs weekly capacity, out from the Pacific Northwest trade route.

The port coverage of PNW3: Kaohsiung, Shanghai, Ningbo, Pusan, Tacoma, Vancouver, Pusan, Kaohsiung. The service deploys five YML vessels with the other alliance Lines taking slots. Both Tacoma and Vancouver continue to be served by the restructured K Line PNW service, the transpacific part of the terminated PDM USWC/ Asia/ Europe loop, which was terminated back in February/March

Source: PR News/ Copy 6041/ 8 May 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

MISC leaves Europe/ Indian Sub-Continent service

MISC is leaving the Hapag-Lloyd/ Hamburg-Sud Indian Ocean Service (IOS)/ Europe/ Pakistan/ India service as a slot purchaser from June 2009.

MISC has a short term agreement with the Lines, to purchase slots on the service following the ending of its involvement as a vessel deployer in the joint ISES service run by YML, K Line and SCI, which is now closing down.

Instead of having a direct Europe/ Indian sub-continent service, MISC will, from next month, tranship westbound ISC volumes over Singapore onto one of the five Asia/ North Europe/ Mediterranean services of the Grand Alliance (GA).

Sources say, the utilisation on services on this trade, is presently ranging between 55-60%.

Last direct sailing for MISC will be Eastbound from Hamburg on 5 June 2009 and Westbound from Karachi on 6 June 2009.

Source: PR News/ Copy 6035/ 6 May 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

Safmarine becomes a vessel operator on the Far East/Mediterranean trade

Safmarine is on the way becoming a vessel operator on the Far East/Mediterranean trade through the deployment of two 6,500 TEUs vessels on the new Maersk/ CMA CGM joint service. The Maersk involvement is being upgraded to a vessel sharing agreement from mid-May 2009, and Safmarine shall endorse its brand name on the service with the deployment of the 6,500 TEUs recently-delivered, Safmarine Kariba and Safmarine Kolmati from the beginning of June and July 2009 respectively.

Both Safmarine vessels are being switched from the Far East/ Central America service known as the AC2 that covered Far East/ Southeast Asia/ Lazaro Cardenas and Balboa.

Safmarine and Maersk will market the joint service as the Asia Europe 12 (AE12), and CMA CGM will retain the brand name of the New Phoex/Levex service.

Full vessel deployment from July 2009, shall be as follows:

CMA CGM Bizet - 6,627 TEUs
CMA CGM Balzac - 6,627 TEUs
CMA CGM Berlioz - 6,627 TEUs
CMA CGM Corneille - 6,447 TEUs
Maersk Kinloss - 6,478 TEUs
Maersk Kensington - 6,478 TEUs
Safmarine Kariba - 6,477 TEUs
Safmarine Komati - 6,477 TEUs

(Future) Average weekly capacity: 6,522 TEUs
(Present) Average weekly capacity: under CMA CGM vessel deployment : 4,308 TEUs

Direct port calls shall be Shanghai, Pusan, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Chiwan, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Port Said, Damietta, Trieste, Koper, Rijeka (feeder connection), Damietta, Port Saidm Jeddah, Port Kelang, Singapore and Shanghai.

Source: PR News/ Copy 6029/ 30 April 2009