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.
It was reported on 5 December that MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received deck machinery orders for four escort and four harbour tugboats from Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd in Hong Kong. MacGregor winches have been specifically designed to maximise vessel performance by minimising equipment weight, it is understood. These orders were booked into Cargotec’s fourth quarter 2018 order intake, with equipment deliveries planned on a rolling schedule commencing in the second quarter of 2019 through to the end of the third quarter.
Evolution not revolution. Autonomous and remote-controlled ships are being trialled but seafarers, for now, remain indispensable to safe shipping. These were key messages apparent from a special session held on 3 December of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee, which is celebrating its 100th session. This was reported on 6 December by IMO which kindly provided illustrations.
Delegates were first treated to a song commemorating IMO’s 70th anniversary since the Convention establishing IMO was adopted in 1948) as well as the MSC 100 session.