Latin American trades restructure ahead of Hamburg Süd takeover by Maersk

By Mike Wackett

MSC and Hapag-Lloyd are launching a new Mediterranean-east coast South America service next month, as part of the enforced restructuring of services resulting from Maersk’s acquisition of Hamburg Süd. The joint weekly service will call at Valencia, Barcelona, Genoa, Fos, Gioia Tauro, Valencia, Suape, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Paranagua, Itapoa, Montevideo, Navegantes, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Las Palmas, Valencia and then back to Barcelona. It will turn in eight weeks and deploy eight vessels of 8,000-10,000 TEUs, notes Alphaliner.


Hapag Lloyd orders 7,700 new reefer containers as demand grows

By Gavin van Marle

Hapag-Lloyd is buying 7,700 new reefer containers, with part of the order seemingly with Maersk’s reefer manufacturing subsidiary, Maersk Container Industry (MCI). The German carrier said 1,000 units would be manufactured at a facility in the Chilean port of San Antonio – where MCI began producing reefer units in May 2015.


Short-sea operators suffer as new ocean alliances put feeders out of work

By Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent

Hub-and-spoke feeder calls have fallen “drastically” following this year’s deep-sea container carrier alliance reshuffle. According to X-Press Feeders’ Chief Executive, Tristan Howitt, ocean freight rates and volumes have shot up in 2017, with the Far East, Indian Subcontinent and Middle East trades all performing well. “However, we can’t say the same for the shortsea hub-and-spoke feeder sector,” he told The Loadstar.