Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Routing and Rate Changes for Container Shipping Giants

CMA CGM and Maersk Both Increase Tariffs
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – Container Shipping Group CMA CGM is continuing with what it terms its rate restoration and surcharge programme whilst meanwhile streamlining services and Maersk has announced increase in their box tariffs. A Peak Season Surcharge of $200per container dry has been fully implemented for services from North Europe to Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf on the FAL1 service ex Southampton, FAL2 and 3 ex Le Havre (FAL tomorrows sailing), FAL 6 ex Felixstowe and the EPIC service from Southampton.

From 1st May there will be ‘emergency’ rate increases by CMA CGM of $100 from Northern Europe (including UK, Scandinavia, Baltic, North Continent) to Asia and Red Sea/Middle East of $100 per TEU dry and to India and Pakistan $150 per 20’ and 200 per 40’ respectively.

As from the 1st May Maersk has announced a general rate increase for cargo moving from Far East Asia to the US West Coast equating to $400/500/565/630 per 20'/40'/40' high cube/45' high cube container and Far East Asia to the US East Coast of $560/700/790/885 per 20'/40'/40' high cube/45' high cube container.

The French company has reorganised certain loops from this month as detailed below:

Together with its Moroccan subsidiary, COMANAV CMA CGM will serve the West Med / Morocco trade through three separated loops from Spain, Italy and France with immediate effect. The Spanish loop, Loop 1, will start for one Round Voyage.

Rotation: Barcelona - Valencia TCV - Valencia Noatum - Casablanca – Barcelona Loop 2 - Italy Rotation: Naples - La Spezia - Genoa - Casablanca – Salerno – Naples

Loop 3 will be operated by 2 CMA CGM RoRo vessels. Rotation: Marseilles - Casablanca – Marseilles with Marseilles and Casablanca being called at twice a week. Peter Verheijen, Deputy Vice-President - North Africa Services commented:

“These three complementing services will offer a comprehensive coverage of the West Mediterranean area, with calls in 7 ports, as well as fast transit times. Furthermore, the service will be connected to the CMA CGM European Intermodal Network thus offering door-to-door transport solutions to our clients.”

As from 24th April the current Shaka Asia – South Africa service operated by CMA CGM will be operated in conjunction with Maersk Line with the following revisions:

SHAKA2: 8 vessels of 6,500 TEU’s Rotation: Shanghai – Ningbo – Fuzhou – Yantian – Tanjung Pelepas – Port Louis – Durban – Port Elizabeth - Ngqura – Port Louis – Singapore – Nansha (New Port).

From the 8th May, the new CMA CGM Asia Mozambique network (Mozex) will operate 7 vessels of 2,200 TEU’s again in conjunction with Maersk: MOZEX2: Rotation: Tanjung Pelepas – Port Kelang – Pointe des Galets – Toamasina – Maputo – Beira – Nacala – Port Louis