APL today issued a release announcing a new service to Halifax. The G6 Alliance started in March 2012 to provide service in the Asia-to-Europe trade and will now be expanded to cover the Asia-to-North America East Coast trade. The members are: APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line.
The New AZX Service will route from Laem Chabang – Singapore – Colombo – (Suez Canal) – Damietta – Cagliari – Halifax – New York – Savannah – Norfolk – Cagliari – Damietta – (Suez Canal) – Jebel Ali – Singapore – Laem Chabang
The two services AEX (The New World Alliance) and PAX (Grand Alliance) which currently call in Halifax at Fairview Cove will not be affected by the new cooperation and will continue to sail unchanged. These represent the bulk of the Hapag Llyod and OOCL Trafic to Fiariview Cove. The New Service may also cause OOCL and Hapag Lloyd to reshuffle vessels. No word on which pier; Halterm or Fairview Cove the new service will use.
(Top) Canada Express (Middle) Heads outbound from Fairview Cove. San Francisco Express (Bottom) backs in after waitting at anchor in the basin. Both Ships were delayed over the weekend by weather. Maersk Patras Tied up at Pier 42 this morning. She normally calls on Saturdays.
Late yesterday afternoon saw the arrival of Los Angeles Express, On her first call to Halifax. She is another of the Larger class of 6000+teu vessels that hapag Llyod has been rotating into the trans atlantic route. Formerly, these vessels plied the Pacific, and are now the largest Post Panamax vessels to call in Halifax.
A First Stop in Halifax For Hapag-Lloyd’s San Francisco Express.
She is Currently Inbound. Pictured Bove she is waiting for Paris Express to Clear the Birth.
Photos To Follow.
Oakland Express Outbound west channel (Above) Algoscotia Inbound East Channel (Bellow)
Bussan Express is a Hapag Lloyd vessel that is now in the Hapag Lloyd AEX (Asia-Med.-N. America EC Expr.) Service. She is A Post Panamax vessel comparable to the OOCL vessels that operate In Halifax, But is the next size up for typical Hapag Lloyd Vessels (Bellow Dallas Express Left, Bussan Express Right)
Also Serving on the AEX Service Are Italy Express, Canada Express and OOCL Oakland. Its a 35 Day Trip from VUNG TAU to NORFOLK, VA.
Dallas Express is On the PAX (Pacific Atlantic Expr.) Service with Kobe Express, Duseldorf Express, Rotterdam Express, London Express, Oakland Express, Kiel Express, Paris Express, Tokyo Express, Pusan, Halifax Express, Boston Express.
E.R Denmark appears to be filing in on the PAX Route for Hapag Lloyd. Today was her first call in Halifax. Perviously she was chartered to APL.
The Container Ship Stuttgart Express has been tied up at fairview cove for the Past 50 Hours. I Have been informed by a reader that she has suffered from a Bunker leak inside her cargo hold. This would no doubt be a time consuming repair given the cleanup that is likely required.
Was Busy in the Basin this evening with the inbounds arriving prior to the outbounds heading out.
Anchored AFL New England (Center), Outbound Atlantic Companion, Inbound Itally Express (right)
Tied Up (And Leaving) London Express (right), Tieing Up Atlantic Compass(left)
Another first time caller (Kind of) to Halifax, Dallas Express arrived and tied up at Fairview Cove.
This Vessel is the former Antwerpen Express who was a regular in Halifax. She Emerged as Dallas Express early this year after emerging from Dry Dock in Hong Kong.
Best guess is that a new vessel will be named Antwerpen Express in the Near future.