Maersk Line yesterday announced the expansion of its product portfolio between Europe’s Mediterranean region and Canada to cater for the growing demands of importers and exporters on both sides of the Atlantic.
The fully Maersk Line-operated weekly Med/Montreal express(MMX) service will be a five-vessel rotation stopping in Salerno and La Spezia (Italy), Fos-sur-Mer (France), Algeciras (Spain), Montreal and Halifax (Canada), and Valencia (Spain). The exclusive Maersk-operated service, the Med / Montreal Express, will have its first sailing on July 2nd, departing from Salerno, Italy, and arriving in Montreal on July 19th.
The new service will call Montreal’s Cast terminal, operated by MGT, which is conveniently located closest to the ocean and offers easy access to rail and trucking options.
In addition, the service will make an Eastbound call in Halifax, Nova Scotia, catering for an important Canadian perishable market and facilitating refrigerated shipments of foodstuff traditionally exported from Canadian Maritime Provinces.
The New Service will compete with ZIM’s ZCI service, and The Alliance’s AL6
Maersk will be maintaining its long standing CAE Service, which makes a weekly call on Saturday with stops in Bremerhaven, Antwerp and Rotterdam.
Arsos in 2011 when she called on CMA-CGM’s Black Pearl Service.
Zim Has added Halifax to its new Canada Florida Express (CFX), service and removed Halifax from ZIM Pacific (ZCP) loop Service. The Pacific loop was responsible for the arrival of the first 10000teu+ ship to call on Halifax.
The CFX Service will Operate as a fixed-day weekly service, the CFX will deploy two 1,300-TEU vessels and will have a rotation of Kingston, Miami, Halifax and Kingston. the vessels scheduled are AS FELICIA and ARSOS, and are scheduled to arrive April 3 and 10th respectively. Arsos Previously called on Halifax in 2011 as part of CMA-CGM’s Black Pearl Service.
Zim Operates 2 Other services to Halifax. The Mediterranean service (ZCI) is run in conjunction with the Alliance (who calls it AL6) and includes the following port rotation Salerno – Livorno – La Spezia – Genoa – Fos Sur Mer – Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Salerno and is served by 5 smaller K-Line vessels (Brevick Bridge, Budapest Bridge, Berlin Bridge, Bilbao Bridge, and Brotonne Bridge) at Ceres.
Bilbao Bridge on the ZCI and AL6 Services.
The Zim Atlantic Service (ZCA) covers a port rotation of Mersin – Ashdod – Haifa – Izmir – Aliaga – Piraeus – Barcelona – Valencia – Algeciras – Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Valencia – Tarragona – Mersin and is served by Panamax ships ZIM Luanda, ZIM Alabama, ZIM Constanza, ZIM Monaco, ZIM Texas, and ZIM Qingdao
ZIM Monaco on the ZCA Service
A summary of the various Container line alliances can be found here.
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Today marked the beginning of Tropical Shipping’s service from Halifax. They recently re-located from the port of Saint John, after they were unable to reach an agreement with the new terminal operator there. They specialize in container services to the Bahamas and Caribbean.
Tropical Shippings parent company is American, so unlike other services calling in the region from Halifax, they do not stop in Cuba.
With Saint John NB changing container terminal operators from Logistec to DP World, Effective January 9th, 2017, Tropical Shipping will move its port operations to Halterm Container Terminal.
Tropical Shiping specializes in shipping cargo to the Caribbean, and around the Caribbean. It sounds like a weekly service is coming to Halifax.
The Port of Saint John has launched a C$205 million project over seven years to modernize the Rodney and Navy Island terminals to accommodate larger vessels and expand laydown areas for breakbulk and project cargoes. DP World Saint John recently took delivery of two post panamax container cranes.
The United Arab Shipping Company is due to start calling in October. As Part of the Ocean3 Alliance
CMA CGM, China Shipping Container Lines and United Arab Shipping Co. formed the Oceans 3 Alliance in September 2014, and operate a route between Asia and the east coast via Suez, and another via panama. The new service reportedly originates in Shanghai.
UASC has six 18,800-TEU ships on order and China Shipping is awaiting delivery of five 19,000-TEU units, which will be the largest container vessels afloat. CMA CGM has six 17,700 to 17,800-TEU units on order, scheduled for delivery in 2015.
More to follow.
CMA-CGM will add halifax to its Columbus Loop service August 2 with the arrival of CMA-CGM Vivaldi. A massive loop, its covered by 17 vessels, and will make Canadian stops in Both Halifax and Vancouver with a 119 day round trip.
Vessels are around 8500teu, and will call at Halterm.
Today marks the beginning of the new G6 service to halifax, with the first trip leaving Thailand today. today also brought the arrival of the Yantain Express, one of Hapag Lloyd’s vessels assigned to the new service. Hapag Lloyd is likely in the process of shuffling its fleet as OOCL Oakland, and Canada Express, both already regular callers to halifax as assigned to the new service.Yantain Express is to date the largest vessel to call at Fairview cove,at just over 7500teu. Also of note, she tied up port side to the pier, opposite of most vessels, who point their bow in the direction of departure.
The full G6 rotation will be OOCL Oakland, APL Blegium,Canada Express, APL Pearl, Yantain Express, APL Agate, Ningbo Express, APL Coral, Dalian Express and APL Cyprene. all are post-Panamax, and with now 3 exceptions all new first time callers in Halifax.
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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.
The Second Hero Class Mid Shore Patrol vessel for the Coastguard, is set to be launched this Saturday, September 22nd at noon.
The Corporal Kaeble VC will follow the Private Robertson VC which has now been accepted by the Coast Guard, and is currently in Hamilton Ontario.
ACL Is adding Halifax to its new Finland, Russia, North America Service.
Set to begin this month, It will provide container and breakbulk service. It appears that The cargo will travel on ACL’s existing transatlantic service and be transfered in Antwerp to Finnlines vessels for delivery to Helsinki, Kotka, and St. Petersburg.
ALas, it looks like no new ships in Halifax for this service.