The Alliance – Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, MOL, NYK and Yang Ming Announced their new routing today. Halifax Features on Three Services, which look to generate 4 weekly calls. Recall that NYK, MOL and K Line agreed to merge their container services 2 weeks ago.
The New EC 5 service is roughly equivalent to the AZX service of the G6 Alliance. It makes bi-directional stops in halifax on both east and westbound legs. Laem Chabang – Cai Mep – South East Asia Hub – Colombo – (Suez Canal) – Halifax – New York – South Atlantic (US) – Norfolk – Halifax – (Suez Canal) – Arabian Gulf Hub – South East Asia Hub – Laem Chabang
AL 1 looks to mirror the transatlantic portion of the current G6 PA1 service. the routing is as follows:
Bremerhaven – Antwerp – UK – Norfolk – Philadelphia – New York – Halifax – Bremerhaven
The AL 6 is a new service calling on Halifax for this Alliance. It roughly mirrors the current ZIM and Melfi Services that call on Halifax, though those both service the Caribbean, which this does not. The routing is Livorno – La Spezia – Genoa – Fos – Barcelona – Valencia – West Med Hub – Halifax – New York – Norfolk – South Atlantic (US) – West Med Hub – Valencia – Livorno
Several Pieces of News have occurred recently with Container lines. How they will affect Halifax is yet to be seen.
CMA-CGM purchased APL, and announced APL’s withdrawal form the G6 Alliance in 2017. G6 Currently calls in Halifax, with APL vessels in the Rotation. CMA-CGM also Calls as part of the Oceans 3 Alliance.
Hapag Lloyd and UASC are in Merger talks. Hapag Llyod has been a long Caller in Halifax and is a member of the G6 Alliance. UASC are members of the Oceans 3 Alliance with CMA-CGM
G6 has announced a new service, from Asia to the US East Coast via the new expanded Panama Canal.
Nagoya Express made her first stop in halifax yesterday. on arrival she held up in the inner harbour while the northern delegation departed her berth at Fairview cove. once Northern Delegation was free of the berth, Nagoya express proceeded through the narrows and tied up. Northern Delegation then Left the Basin through the Narrows.
Also a first stop, Northern Delegation was here for ACL filling in prior to the service start of Atlantic Star.
Large container ships seem to be becoming more frequent in Halifax in the past few Weeks.
August 5th – CMA CGM Vivaldi was the Largest Ship to Date at 8500 TEU Less then a Week later, on August 8, the 8749 TEU Budapest Express appeared, Breaking the Record Again.
Ships in the 8000 TEU range have since become common, with CMA CGM making several stops with the 8500 TEU Vessels, and Hapag Lloyd continuing with the 8700TEU vessels, including Colombo Express – when built the Largest Container ship in the World.
UASC Is Bringing an even larger vessel on the Columbus Loop, when the USAC Zamzam makes her first appearance in Halifax this October 18th. The USAC Zamzam comes in at 9034Teu. Her record holding will also be brief, as CMA CGM has added the CMA CGM Vela to the Columbus Loop. the Vela is rated at 11262teu, and will hold the record when she arrives, likely in December
Due in port today is the Colombo Express. When Built in 2005, as the lead ship in the class, she was the largest container ship in the World at 8700 TEU. She was so impressive Revel released a 1/700 scale model of her at the time. (the model is 18″ long)
Shes met the inner harbour noonish, bound for Fairview Cove West.
Rated at 8749 TEU, she was built in 2010 and is a member of the 3 ship Vienna Express Class. CMA-CGM Vivaldi recently made a stop in Halifax, and was touted as the largest ship yet. at 8478, she was just bested by 271 TEU.
The Vienna express class are the 3rd larges ships in the Hapag-Llyod fleet, with only the 9300teu C-Class and the 13000teu Hamburg Express Class above it.