Far East - North Europe schedules see port calls removed

Date Added: 29 December 2021

Far East - North Europe schedules see port calls removed

As a provider of global ocean freight forwarding services, Davies Turner notes that the latest edition of the Alphaliner newsletter reports that the 2M partners Maersk and MSC have decided to further reduce the number of port calls in their Asia - North Europe network from January. Two of their six loops will only serve two selected ports in North Europe.

The eleven 14,000 - 23,800 teu ships of the ‘AE55 / Griffin’ service will as from January load in Shanghai, Ningbo, Tanjung Pelepas for Felixstowe and Le Havre only, while the eleven 13,100—23,800 teu ships of the ’AE1 / Shogun’ will load in Ningbo, Xiamen, Yantian and Tanjung Pelepas for Rotterdam and Bremerhaven only, which means that the latter will cease to serve Shanghai directly, while the former will drop its Yantian call.

Alphaliner reports that a survey of the rotations of all weekly Far East - North Europe services clearly shows that the number of port calls has gradually decreased over the past five years.

Felixstowe is facing the biggest loss of Far East calls: there were ten weekly calls in early 2016, of which only four will be left in early 2022, says Alphaliner.

In the same period, London-Gateway has attracted two Far East loops, while Southampton saw the number of calls fall from six to three.

The main reason for the reduction of port calls and the consolidation of volumes on specific loops is the exceptional congestion faced in North Europe.

Alphaliner believes that the example set by 2M is likely to be followed by THE Alliance in its next East West network revamp (normally due 1 April), although the latter’s largest member, Hapag-Lloyd, announced during its last Capital Markets Day on 17 November that it intended to reduce network complexity.

The consolidation of port volumes on specific loops is not specifically related to the Far East - Europe trade. The 2M partners are doing the same on the Asia - US East Coast route for Savannah and New York cargo on their ‘TP17 / America’ and ‘TP23 / Liberty’.

Alphaliner further explains that the reduction in port calls will not necessarily result in loss of traffic for ports as cargo volumes are consolidated on specific services, leading to larger calls sizes.

For more information about Davies Turner’s ocean freight forwarding and logistics services, please contact [email protected] or visit https://www.daviesturner.com/ocean

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