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Monday, June 18, 2018

West Coast News

President Joko Widodo meeting CMA CGM staff - Jakarta Port (Photo: CMA GCM)

Indonesian President Widodo Visits CMA CGM in Jakarta

CMA CGM welcomed, on Tuesday May 15, the Indonesian President, His Excellency Joko Widodo, on the occasion of his visit to the port of Jakarta (JICT). President Widodo was accompanied by the Minister of Industry, Mr. Airlangga Hartarto, the Minister of Trade, Mr. Enggartiasto Lukita, the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Budi Karya Sumadi, and the Minister of State-Owned Enterprises, Mrs. Rini Soemarno. President Widodo met with the local CMA CGM staff and the crew of the CMA CGM TAGE, a 9,365 TEU ship deployed on the JAX Route between Southeast Asia and the West Coast of the United States.

(Photo: Seaspan Ferries Corporation/BV)

Innovative Seaspan Ferry Enters Service

Seaspan Ferries Corporation’s (SFC) Seaspan Swift, a new hybrid LNG fueled and battery powered ferry, entered service between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. The innovative vessels is classed by Bureau Veritas, and it is reported to be the first hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered vessel in service and the first LNG fuelled vessel operating on the west coast of Canada. Additionally, the on-board bunkering of LNG from a truck trailer is a first in North America. Designed by VARD Marine, the 148.9m vessel is the first of two to be built at Sedef Shipbuilding, Turkey.

HMM Volume in Asia-US West Coast Up 55%

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM)’s Asia-USWC market share has risen to 7.5% in January 2017 - a  2.6% increase compared to the same month last year. HMM announced that its Asia-USWC volume in January 2017 has increased by 55.3% year on year. According to PIERS Data, HMM’s USWC handling volumes have increased from 9,594TEU/WK to 14,899TEU/WK at the end of January 2017, which is a 5,305TEU/WK increase on year on year basis. Moreover, HMM’s USWC market share in January 2017 has risen to 7.5% which is 2.6%P higher than same month last year.

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CMA CGM Rolls Out Asia-West Coast South America Offer

CMA CGM has  announced the launch of the new service offer between Asia and West Coast South America, the most comprehensive offer on the market between these two strategic areas. - 4 direct weekly services between Asia and West Coast South America and the Caribbean (NEW ACSA1, NEW ACSA2, NEW ACSA3 et PEX2). - The largest port coverage in Asia, in South America and the Caribbean with 29 ports called. - The best transit times on the market between Asia and West Coast South America.

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Maersk Gains Approval for Hamburg Sud Takeover

World No. 1 shipping company Maersk Line gained EU antitrust approval on Monday for its acquisition of Hamburg Sud (HSDG) after agreeing to pull the German company out from five consortia on trade routes to address competition concerns. The bid by Maersk, part of Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk , underscores the wave of mergers in an industry struggling with over-capacity and slowing global trade. Hamburg Sud will withdraw from the consortia on trade routes connecting northern Europe to central America…

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Full Ahead: New Generation of Carrier Alliances

Full ahead: new generation of carrier alliances and slot/vessel sharing arrangements; SM’s (Bullet) Line; FWE for Hanjin. On April 1, 2017, the new generation of carrier alliances became reality. In the run up to April 1 there was a flurry of activity with ocean carriers entering into arrangements with other carriers in competing alliances and with other carriers not signatory to any of the alliances. The 2M Alliance is an existing alliance made up of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

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CMA CGM, Hamburg Sud Launch Americas Service

French container shipping company CMA CGM announced the launch of its new service between the west coast of the United States, Central America and South America, to be operated in collaboration with the German shipping company Hamburg Sud. Starting May 24, CMA CGM will offer a weekly service with coverage to/from the west coast of the United States, Central America and South America, enabling the agri-food industry in Central and South America to export to North American markets.

Matson Increases Its South Pacific Express Service

Matson said it it will increase the frequency of its South Pacific Express (SPX) service to Samoa and American Samoa from 28 days to 14 days. The service provides transits from Hawai'i and the U.S. West Coast to the Samoas: 12 days from Long Beach and 5.5 days from Honolulu to Pago Pago, with an extra day to Apia. Matson launched its SPX service on August 10, 2016, establishing reliable, fixed day shipping service between the U.S. West Coast, Hawai'i and the Samoas. Its new fortnightly SPX schedule is made possible by the company's acquisition of a larger…

File Image: a newbuild Matson boxship (CREDIT: Matson)

Matson to Start U.S. Flag Marshall Islands Route

Matson has announced that it will introduce a new direct U.S. flag service between Honolulu and the Republic of the Marshall Islands ("RMI") that will shorten cargo transit times to the RMI from the U.S. mainland by as many as eight days. The new biweekly service will call at three ports in the RMI — Kwajalein, Ebeye and Majuro — starting in the first quarter of 2018. Matson has entered into an agreement to purchase a 707-TEU, U.S.-flagged containership from Sealift, Inc., of Oyster Bay, NY to operate the new service.

Veteran (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Swaps US West Coast Tugs

Crowley Marine Services said it will relocate the tugboat Veteran to the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach to service all vessels, including large petroleum tank vessels with deep drafts greater than 65 feet calling on Long Beach Berth 121. With a bollard pull rating of over 90 short tons, the powerful Veteran is better suited to serve the very large crude carriers (VLCCs) that are calling more regularly in Long Beach. Tesoro and the Long Beach Pilots are now requiring a tug with…

APL Rolls Out Service Linking Asia, Latin America

APL said it will add a weekly Asia Latin America Express 3 (AE3-AW3) service connecting China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other key Asian markets to Mexico and the West Coast South America. “The Asia Latin America Express 3 service further enhances our Asia-Latin America service coverage, extending it in West Coast South America,” said Adeline Franger Chouraqui, APL Head of Latin America. Transit times from Ningbo to Mexico, Panama and Colombia will be 18, 24 and 27 days respectively.

Disney Cruise Line's Disney Wonder transiting the Agua Clara Locks in April 2017. (Photo: ACP)

Panama Canal Expects 230+ Cruise Ships This Season

The Panama Canal announced that it expects to receive approximately 235 cruise ships through the Panamax and Neopanamax Locks during the upcoming 2017-2018 cruise season. Beginning in October, this will be the first full cruise season to welcome vessels through the Expanded Canal. “In addition to the existing locks, cruise lines now have the option to include the Expanded Canal as part of their itineraries,” said the Panama Canal’s international trade specialist Albano Aguilar. In April 2017, Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder became the first cruise ship to ever transit the Expanded Canal.

H-Energy to Start West Coast LNG Terminal in May 2018

India's H-Energy Pvt Ltd, a unit of real estate group Hiranandani, will start operations at its liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the western Maharashtra state by May 2018, its chief executive said on Wednesday. India plans to raise the share of natural gas in its energy mix to 15 percent in three years from the current 6.5 percent, according to a plan set out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. H-Energy has invested 17 billion rupees ($261 million) to build its 4 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) regassification terminal near the Jaigarh port in the state…

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MED AMERICAS will Replace MGE Service

CMA CGM is revamping it MGE service becoming the MED AMERICAS, stand-alone CMA CGM service with dedicated fleet of 11 vessels of 2,500 TEU, in a continuous effort to improve service coverage, frequency and reliability. Starting with m/v POMERENIA SKY voy. 067MGW for Mexican/US Gulf/Caribbean/West Coast South America origins and m/v ANGOL voy. A unique offer, with a special focus on the reefer market from Chile, Peru, Ecuador & Colombia to the Mediterranean area. Five new direct calls to West Coast South America: Balboa…

A NORDEN vessel in Vancouver (File photo: NORDEN)

NORDEN Opens Vancouver Office

NORDEN has opened a new office in Vancouver, Canada, as the Danish ship owner seeks to expand its global reach and local presence on the North American West Coast. “The new and increased presence on the West Coast will strengthen NORDEN’s ability to provide customers with transport to and from the Americas and from North America to Asia and enable NORDEN to become even more competitive on local coastwise trades,” the company said. “NORDEN has a strong presence with many port calls on the West Coast.

Mario Cordero

West Coast Intermodal Update: Mario Cordero

POLB Executive Director Mario Cordero weighs in from his new West Coast chair, on the most pressing issues of the day. Arguably the industry authority from both the regulatory and commercial sides of the equation, his opinion carries weight and, sometimes, surprises. It has been a busy year at the port of Long Beach, Calif. Lou Anne Bynum, Harbor Commission President at the Port of Long Beach, declared in early October, “Simply put, we are having the best trade months in port history.” Indeed, the port moved more containers last month than in any September in its history.

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US Coal Firms Plead for West Coast Export Terminals

The ailing U.S. coal industry is ramping up its political and legal offensive to win approval for West Coast export terminals that could provide a lifeline to lucrative Asia markets. Coal producers filed two recent lawsuits against governments in Washington state and California challenging local decisions to block port projects on environmental grounds. The industry is also lobbying the Trump administration to override the local bans. The fight reflects the sector’s desperation to boost exports as U.S.

The AC5 Eastbound Service. Map: Maersk Line

Maersk Line to Start New Asia-Latin America Service

Maersk Line announced the launch of the new Asia – Latin America / West Coast South America services. The service will provide Maersk Line’s customers with new direct products for Colombia, the Caribbean and Pecem, Brazil. It will reduce transit times and offer greater port coverage, while maintaining the network’s leading reliability. The new service will begin operations at the beginning of April 2018. To improve its product offering and optimise its Asia – Latin America / West Coast South America (AC) network, Maersk Line will add a fourth loop to the network at of the beginning of April.

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Hyundai Merchant Marine Forms Consortium with MSC, Hapag-Lloyd and ONE

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announced that it has established a consortium with global liners, MSC, Hapag-Lloyd, and ONE to launch joint services between Asia and west coast of South America. Previously, HMM operated three Asia-west coast of South America services with MSC, CMA-CGM, Hamburg Süd, Hapag-Lloyd, APL, and CSCL. The newly reorganized ‘Asia-west coast of South America’ joint services will connect Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan with the west coast of Mexico, Peru, Chile, Columbia through three loops starting at the beginning of April.

Commercial Ports along Florida's West Coast Reopened

The U.S. Coast Guard said it had reopened all commercial ports along Florida's west coast on Friday, while hurricane Matthew continued to lash the northeast coast of the state. Matthew was located about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southeast of Jacksonville Beach in Florida with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 km/h), according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane was forecast to move near or over the coast of northeast Florida and Georgia through Friday night, and near or over the coast of South Carolina on Saturday.

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Hyundai Merchant Marine Crosses 10,000 TEU in US Premium Service

South Korea's Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) said that its handling volume of US Premium Service reached over 10,000 TEU as of the end of January. Since May last year, HMM has provided US Premium Service in PS1, PS2, and PN2 routes connecting Asia main ports with US west coast including Los Angeles and Tacoma etc. With the Asia-US West Coast Premium service, customers can secure reliable cargo loading space even in the peak season and have priority to discharge their cargoes at the destination. Normally, it takes two or three days to receive cargoes at US west coast ports in high congestion.

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CMA CGM Expands Latin America Services

The CMA CGM Group announced it is reinforcing its offer, starting April 4, 2018, between Asia, Mexico and the west coast of South America in a partnership with COSCO and Evergreen. With three weekly and complementary services to those already operated by the CMA CGM Group, this new offer will provide expanded port coverage: 10 ports in Asia, three ports in Mexico and four ports among the largest of the west coast of South America. It will also reduce transit times, a strategic asset for our customers, especially producers of perishable goods and fresh fruits.

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MacAndrews Revamps Portuguese Service

European multimodal transport provider MacAndrews & Company said it has optimized its established Portuguese services by offering a restructured service schedule, which now includes a new call in Algeciras, a second Dunkirk call and a weekly Figueira Da Foz call. The revised service provides a wider range of opportunities for customers looking to ship from the Iberian Peninsula to Northern Europe and beyond. The decision to initiate a new port of call at the South of Spain via Algeciras on the Portuguese service was to widen MacAndrews geographic reach.

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US Women Dockworkers Accuse Shippers, Union of Discrimination

Four women dockworkers have filed federal discrimination claims against the shippers' association that runs 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast, saying they unfairly lost pay and seniority after becoming pregnant. Male dockworkers who temporarily left to serve in the armed forces got benefits denied to women on pregnancy leave, one of the workers, Tracy Plummer, said in an interview. Another woman with a complicated medical history said she tried to work during pregnancy for fear of losing seniority and suffered a miscarriage, according to her complaint.

Valparaíso Express (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Hapag-Lloyd Names First of Five 10,500 TEU Box Ships

Hapag-Lloyd held a naming ceremony for the first of its five new vessels in its new 10,500 TEU class containerships, Valparaíso Express. Valparaíso Express was named by Rozío Gonzaléz – wife of Andrónico Luksic, Chairman of the Board of the Quiñenco Group – who performed the ceremony at the Terminal Pacifico Sur (TPS) in the port of Valparaíso, where the new ship will call regularly going forward. The Quiñenco Group is the largest shareholder of CSAV, one of the three controlling shareholders of the Hapag-Lloyd.

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Tightening CA Environmental Regs Could Impact West Coast Supply Chains

In a similar fashion to Gulf coast offshore energy producers who, in some instances, must document and count the environmental impact of their third party standby boats, offshore service vessels and other assets, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles could soon be burdened with yet another layer of environmental rules. In Southern California, beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) are bracing for yet another set of regulations; this time as a function of cargo transported to and from warehouses and even off-site intermodal rail yards.