Seafarers can look towards alternative shipping lines for opportunities
Since the Ukrainian crisis, shipping and crewing in that region has come to a complete standstill. However, new express shipping services have been popping up as shipping companies seek to maintain their competitive edge so seafarers can still look at alternative routes for opportunities.
Three new express services
The Ocean Network Express (ONE) launched a new weekly service starting 24 February 2022. It connects Northern China at Tianjin’s Xingang port with Singapore and Malaysia. The ports of call of the service are Dalian, Xingang, Qingdao, Ningbo, Singapore, Port Klang (West/North), Shekou, Incheon and back to Dalian.
Shipping giant AP Moeller-Maersk has announced a new intermodal service (Sea-Land-Sea) that will see cargo shipped from Busan, South Korea to Kaliningrad, Russia, which lies between Poland and Lithuania, in less than 20 days. The new service, AE66, will depart from the largest Far East port of Vostochny fortnightly to Kaliningrad and will link countries in the Far East such as Korea, Japan and China to Kaliningrad in Russia, the Baltic countries and Poland through the Trans-Siberian rail. According to Maersk, the service will cut the delivery timing of goods from the Far East to Europe, and vice versa, by two-thirds compared to an average of 55-60 days for ocean routes coming from the Suez Canal.
The last new express service will provide another gateway for cargo transiting from China to Germany. Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd will be starting a China Germany Express (CGX) that will connect Dachan Bay port with the port of Hamburg commencing 1 April 2022. The service will depart weekly and is targeted to transit between the two ports in 27 days. It will also replace the current Hapag-Llyod’s Far East Loop 6, 7 and 8 services.
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