Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
Cooperation between Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express, Yang Ming and CMA-CGM, COSCO, and OOCL to commence December 2018
Consolidation of two services into one larger loop
On 26 September Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express (ONE), and Yang Ming (otherwise known as THE Alliance) announced their strategic cooperation with CMA-CGM, COSCO, and OOCL to enhance their Mediterranean – US East Coast service AL6 (Atlantic 6). The aim of this cooperation is to deliver a more efficient and comprehensive service quality, it is understood.
This improved service will consolidate the current AL6 service (operated by Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express and Yang Ming), and the Amerigo service (operated by COSCO, CMA-CGM and OOCL) into one larger loop with a deployment of six 8,000-TEU vessels (three by Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express, and Yang Ming and the other three by CMA-CGM and OOCL).
This newly designed port rotation for the service will be La Spezia – Genoa – Fos – Barcelona – Valencia – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Miami – Algeciras – La Spezia.
Livorno will no longer be covered by the enhanced Mediterranean – US East Coast Service. However, Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express and Yang Ming will be able to offer services via Livorno on a redesigned ZIM-operated AL7 service (illustrated) in due course, which is part of the continuing cooperation between THE Alliance and ZIM.
The partnership with CMA-CGM, COSCO, and OOCL is expected to begin in December 2018 and is subject to regulatory approval.
With a fleet of 226 modern container ships and a total transport capacity of 1.6 million TEU, Hapag-Lloyd is one of the world’s leading liner shipping companies with around 12,000 employees and 389 offices in 127 countries. A total of 120 liner services worldwide ensure fast and reliable connections between more than 600 ports across the globe.
On 11 February the PAC published as evidence a National Audit Office memorandum titled:
The award of contracts for additional freight capacity on ferry services
The document is available here: www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/public-accounts/Correspondence/2017-19/Memorandum%20for%20PAC%20-%20The%20award%20of%20contracts%20for%20ferry%20services.pdf
PAC Chair Meg Hillier MP commented: ‘The scrapping of the Seaborne contract, and the NAO review we have published today, raise serious issues which we will explore at our session on progress with Brexit preparations on Wednesday (13 February).
It was announced on 8 February that IMO has launched a new logo for its Women in Maritime programme, as part of its mission to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Programme lead Helen Buni said: ‘The IMO Women in Maritime programme supports the participation of women in both shore-based and sea-going posts, under the slogan Training-Visibility-Recognition’, through a wide range of gender-specific activities. The new logo is just one visible part of the programme and will help women in maritime gain more visibility and exposure throughout the maritime sector and beyond.’