Slot-charterers shuffle Gulf-LatAm rotation

Slot-charterers shuffle Gulf-LatAm rotation

The high cost of charter vessels is leading a group of carriers serving the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and East Coast of South America to rejigger its schedule to cut the number of vessels on the rotation while still maintaining the same number of slots.

The agreement among Alianca, Hamburg Sud; P&O Nedlloyd, and Mercosul Line will withdraw one ship from its UCLA rotation (U.S. Gulf-Caribbean/Mexico/East Coast Latin America) to call at Houston, Vera Cruz, Altamira, Cartagena, Port of Spain, Santos, Sepetiba, Port of Spain, Cartagena, Kingston and back to Houston.

With the reduction of the fleet by one vessel, the rotation can provide a 42-day cycle instead of the previous 49 and will serve the ports of Rio Grande, Itajai and Paranagua via transshipment.

This is made possible in large part because of Hamburg Sud and Alianca's extensive Brazilian cabotage and Mercosul services, which enable them to serve a wide range of ports throughout Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay/Paraguay and Alianca's "round-Magellan" Andes service to the West Coast of South America.