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Asia gateways scramble as Gemini alliance plans big shift to feeder port network

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The move has already prompted Busan, one of the ports most affected by the downgrade, to urge Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd to rethink their Gemini vessel schedules and restore some calls at the South Korean gateway.
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GSBN draws new ports to its shared digital infrastructure concept

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Large terminal operators and container lines have backed an effort to build a common digital platform, which this week lured three global port operators into its network.
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EU parliament rejects proposal to cut temporary port storage time

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
There was unilateral opposition to the call made by the European Commission last May as part of its reform of customs procedures, and as expected, the measure never made it through the parliamentary review
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India-Europe trade hit hard by longer transits amid Red Sea diversions

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Carriers are dealing with a significant backlog of cargo that has built up because of longer transit times, cutting down available space for exports and raising rate levels.
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Carriers, shippers using feeder networks to mitigate Red Sea port disruptions

Peter Shaw-Smith, Middle East contributor |
The shipping industry still deems southbound voyages through the Suez Canal as far as Jeddah Islamic Port in Saudi Arabia as beyond the reach of the militant attacks that have forced the majority of large container ship traffic to divert around the Cape of Good Hope in southern Africa.
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Some carriers halt India-Europe westbound bookings amid capacity crunch: forwarders

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Given the capacity pressures, a potential higher incidence of gated cargo being left behind or rolled over in March could spark serious trade concerns, Indian sources say.
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India-US contract rates trend lower after Red Sea crisis upswing

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
A price correction was not entirely unexpected, but carrier sources believe that rates could move up again next month due to the fiscal year-end shipping rush.
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Australian shippers welcome end to four-month DP World-dockworkers dispute

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
While the union said industrial action has ended, the disruption caused by work stoppages that lasted hours and days at a time will take weeks to wind down.
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US container import flows in 2024 likely to reflect major sourcing trends

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor |
US retailers and others will reduce their exposure to China as they can, chasing cheaper labor while also hedging the risk associated with relying on one origin for key goods and items.
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India-US cargo flows hit by vessel space crunch amid ongoing Red Sea crisis

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Ocean carriers are not able to honor roughly 25% of their planned loads on available US East Coast weekly sailings out of Nhava Sheva and Mundra ports, local sources say.
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Unwinding post-Red Sea crisis supply chains will come with challenges: analyst

Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, Vespucci Maritime, and Journal of Commerce analyst |
While a resumption of Suez Canal transits would be welcomed, ports and inland infrastructure in Europe, the Mediterranean and along the US East Coast could be overloaded with cargo when carriers revert to traditional routings, warns Lars Jensen.
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MSC pulls Indian strings to USEC, Mediterranean amid Red Sea sailing chaos

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
The service cuts could be seen as a step backward for the carrier after it significantly consolidated its ocean reach out of India in recent years to tap a promising trade outlook as the emerging economy expands.
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Week-long German rail strike to spill across Northern Europe

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
An ongoing pay dispute between a German rail workers’ union will see train drivers, signalers and dispatchers embarking on a strike that will have regional ramifications.
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Asia shippers get government help to offset Red Sea disruptions, soaring costs 

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The South Korean government is guaranteeing a certain amount of vessel capacity for small and medium shippers on services to Europe and the Mediterranean, while Vietnam is also taking steps to mitigate the impact of the Suez diversions.
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Overcapacity, weak demand force carriers to delay trans-Atlantic surcharges

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
Rates on the westbound trade lane were at loss-making levels last year and have only deteriorated further, giving carriers no leverage to lift prices.
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India-US ocean rates seen inching to COVID peaks on Red Sea woes

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Forwarders are voicing concerns that carrier rate quotes are now mostly valid only for a week compared with the normal 30-day validity extended to regular booking customers.
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Intra-Asia shippers face capacity crunch, equipment shortages as rates surge

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The impact will be especially felt on key services such as China-Vietnam and China-Thailand where deep-sea services are accounting for an increasing share of the intra-Asia volumes on those trade lanes.
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Australian shippers face worsening delays from DP World-dockworkers dispute

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The disruption has worsened since last month after the union doubled the weekly work stoppages from around 24 hours to up to 48 hours at DP World’s terminals.
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HMM boosts India-USEC capacity by signing onto ONE’s new WIN service

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
HMM has opened an array of connections out of India in recent years, including the launch last August of a solo, 12-vessel string connecting the Far East, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
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India-Europe ocean rates keep spiking as more void calls emerge

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Short-term contract rates on the trade lane have already more than doubled this week from what most major carriers were quoting in the second half of December.
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Fresh surcharges pile up for Asia-Europe shippers amid Red Sea attacks

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Most of the surcharges and GRI hikes will take effect from Jan. 1, with at least one ocean carrier hinting of further increases to come later in January.
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Maersk signs pact to develop methanol bunkering at Japan's Yokohama port

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
With around 130 methanol-enabled dual-fuel container ships on the water or on order, carriers have been scrambling to secure supplies of the green fuel.
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Red Sea-linked sailing disruptions threaten Indian port flow gains

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
As the impact of longer routings percolates through the supply chain, local industry sources expect a wave of void calls and/or alterations in Indian port rotations across various trade routes.
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Shippers face delays as carriers skip South America calls due to Panama Canal woes

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Ocean Network Express and Hapag-Lloyd confirmed they are skipping calls, especially at Cartagena in Colombia and Manzanillo in Panama, although omissions are being made at other ports.
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Hong Kong eyes status as green bunkering hub to retain, lure container volumes

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The push to become a go-to stop for alternative fuels comes as Hong Kong is set to see container throughput fall to around 14 million TEUs in 2023, a 27-year low, amid waning transshipment volumes.
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Naval force gives Maersk confidence to resume Suez Canal transits

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, and Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Maersk's decision to resume sailings through the Red Sea reveals confidence on the part of the carrier with they have been told by naval coalition forces about their capabilities and willingness to act in defense of shipping.
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Carriers push Indian rates higher as Suez crisis muddles US, Europe routings

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
After holding rates firm at end-November levels into the first week of December, major container lines have pushed short-term contract pricing substantially higher for Indian bookings in the last few days.
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MSC expands Indian container terminal play with Adani Group deal

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Acquiring a terminal stake at Ennore in southern India builds on MSC’s existing 50/50 terminal joint venture with Adani at Mundra Port.
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Container lines await Red Sea naval protection as they divert from Suez

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor |
Expectations that the US Navy will step up maritime protection in the Red Sea following an increasing number of attacks on commercial shipping hasn’t stopped carriers from routing services away from the Suez Canal.
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Crew, vessel safe after Maersk container ship targeted in latest Red Sea attack

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Attacks have intensified since the end of last month when Iran-backed Houthi rebels began indiscriminately targeting ships sailing in the Red Sea near Yemen, leading some operators to avoid sailing in the area.
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Overcapacity, larger ships mean challenges for carriers, pain for shippers

Peter Tirschwell |
It’s looking like 2024 will follow a familiar script for container shipping, with ocean carriers facing down market challenges by taking action that typically disadvantages their customers, writes Peter Tirschwell.
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India-US carriers raise GRI hopes for 2024 amid export rebound signs

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Despite Indian exports picking up, there is skepticism about a rosier 2024 in the wake of multiple potentially disruptive events unfolding in the container shipping industry, including Panama Canal restrictions and recent attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea.
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Maersk to invest $500 million in Southeast Asia logistics even as integrator model struggles

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The spending program will target the company’s logistics and services arm with a “substantial amount of investment” earmarked for its ocean and terminals infrastructure in the region.
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New CMA CGM service adds to intra-Asia capacity boost for Indian shippers

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
The move complements a flurry of Asia-India service additions by niche regional carriers and newer feeder operators in recent months.
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Busy intra-Asia market bucks trend in driving container demand growth: analyst

Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, Vespucci Maritime, and Journal of Commerce analyst |
The intra-Asian region is expected to be a hotbed of mergers and acquisitions in container shipping because that is where the growth in container demand is centered, writes analyst Lars Jensen.
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India-US contract rates hit fresh lows despite lower capacity from sailing cuts

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Given the persistent downward pressure on demand, it remains to be seen if India-US carriers will be able to push through a new round of modest rate hikes planned for December.
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November rate plunge negates carrier pricing activity on India-Europe trade

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Still, the latest Indian trade data presents some hopeful signs for supply chain stakeholders, as the country's merchandise exports grew 6.3% by value year over year in October, the fastest rate of expansion in a year.
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Hamburg port volume turns positive in Q3 amid boost in Asia business

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
There was significant improvement in Hamburg’s operational indicators through the third quarter, especially those covering trade with China, its biggest source of imports.
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Deadline looming for IMO’s ‘single window’ data-sharing platform

Peter Shaw-Smith, Middle East contributor |
The International Maritime Organization voted in May 2022 to implement the so-called Maritime Single Window from the start of 2024 in a bid to accelerate digitalization in shipping.
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Cargo operations partially resume after cyberattack hits DP World Australia

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The incident comes as dockworkers announced a further series of strikes this week at DP World's four Australian terminals in an ongoing row over new rostering arrangements.
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