In a Covid-19
disrupted year carriers saw demand for capacity first plummet as lockdowns in a
number of key regions took hold, most notably in the US and Europe, and then a
demand surge saw lines racing to reinstate cancelled services.
Up to November
cargo demand, which increased to unprecedented levels, has been maintained,
particularly in the US. But unconfirmed reports suggest that this demand may
now be falling off and the carriers are looking to adjust their schedules to
meet the new levels of demand again.
Each THEA carrier will advise its customers separately on the extra
loader sailings, according to an alliance statement
As a result, THE
Alliance (THEA), operated by Ocean Network Express (ONE), Hapag-Lloyd, Yang
Ming and HMM, has been the first out of the blocks, with the announcement today
that service levels in its FP1, FP2, FE2 and FE3 will continue weekly sailings
into January of next year, including the carriers’ FE4 extra loader programme.
Each THEA carrier will advise its customers separately on the extra loader
sailings, according to an alliance statement.
Meanwhile, on the
Pacific THEA will continue weekly sailings for all Pacific southwest services,
including the India leg for PS3 and the Pacific northwest loops will maintain
their weekly sailings in January except for the following weeks: FP1
Transpacific leg – Week 1 has been cancelled.
As with the West
Coast US East Coast services will maintain their weekly sailings in January
except for the following weeks: EC3 – Week 01 Asia- Middle East AG1 will remain
merged with AG3, and AG2 & AG3 will maintain all sailings in January.
All Atlantic sailings will be maintained in January except for the AL2
– which will be cancelled for week 53
weekly services between the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and Europe
from January 2021 will be adjusted.
The Indian Ocean
Service (IOS) will be operated by ONE, its THEA partner Hapag-Lloyd, CMA CGM
and COSCO Shipping and will now have the following rotation; Jebel Ali –
Karachi – Nhava Sheva – Hazira – Mundra – Jeddah WB – Tangier – Rotterdam –
Hamburg – London – Antwerp – Tangier – Jeddah – Jebel Ali.
same companies, except for Hapag-Lloyd, will cooperate in IOS 2, which will
have the following rotation; Jebel Ali – Abu Dhabi – Port Qasim – Nhava Sheva –
Mundra – Jeddah –Tangier – Southampton – Bremerhaven – Rotterdam – Antwerp – Le
Havre – Algeciras – Jeddah – Jebel Ali.
Hapag-Lloyd’s involvement and offering of the IO2 service will be
effectively terminated, with the last sailing being on 31 December.
“IOS and IO2, are
dedicated services between Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Europe will
offer competitive transit times and provide more service frequencies in the
market. By including Tangier and Algeciras port calls, ONE will also offer
diverse solutions to customers,” said ONE.
German carrier will participate in the IO3 vessel sharing agreement
with CMA CGM, COSCO and ONE.
German carrier will participate in the IO3 vessel sharing agreement with CMA
CGM, COSCO and ONE. The updated IO3 port rotation will be Southampton –
Bremerhaven – Rotterdam – Antwerp – Le Havre – Algeciras – Jeddah – Jebel Ali –
Abu Dhabi – Port Qasim – Nhava Sheva – Mundra – Jeddah – Tangier – Southampton.
CGM, COSCO and Hapag-Lloyd will run another two services in the region, Gulf
East Mediterranean Service (GEM) and Indian Subcontinent Mediterranean Express
The GEM service
will be upgraded and run with seven 9,000TEU vessels with its port rotation
remaining unchanged: Mersin – Piraeus – Izmit – Istanbul – Aliaga – Iskenderun
– Damietta – Jeddah – Jebel Ali – Hamad – Dammam – Jubail – Jebel Ali – Jeddah
– Port Said.
The IMX service
will be run with eight 7,500TEU boxships with the following port rotation:
Piraeus – Marsaxlokk – Genoa – Valencia – Barcelona – Fos – Genoa – Marsaxlokk
– Damietta – Aqaba – Jeddah – Hamad – Jebel Ali – Karachi – Nhava Sheva –
Mundra – Jeddah – Piraeus