Friday, January 21, 2011

Upgrade To Container Shipping Services To Central And South America

New Vessels, Faster Transits and Extra Asian Calls
Shipping News Feature

ASIA – CENTRAL and SOUTH AMERICA – The container services offered by CMA CGM, Compagnia Sudamericana de Vapores (CSAV) and China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) for shipping cargo between Asia, Mexico, Central America and the West Coast of South America are to receive a full upgrade within the next three months including each party providing new ships.

The change means that the old single loop is being abandoned for two separate routes with Loop 1 servicing Mexico, Peru and Chile from Asia and Loop 2 Mexico, Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica), Colombia and Ecuador. There will be new westbound calls to Yokohama (Japan) and Keelung (Taiwan) to meet the growing demand for refrigerated goods from Mexico and South America to the Asian continent.

The service, known as ACSA by the French group and Andex by CSAV, will see current vessels replaced by eleven with 6,500 TEU capacity on the Asia to Mexico, Peru and Chile trade lane and ten capable of carrying 4,200 TEU servicing the Asia to Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Ecuador routes. The revisions mean faster transit times between Asia, Mexico, and South America with connections between Chile and Hong Kong reduced by 7 days and between Mexico and Shanghai by 9 days.

The 6,500 TEU box carriers are the largest vessels ever deployed on this route and demonstrate the revival of demand, particularly for reefer traffic. The first rotation is due to commence at the end of April.

Photo:- Yokohama at night courtesy of Mark Rogoyski.