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THE Alliance to drop Savannah port calls

The Alliance, which comprises Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming, Ocean Network Express (ONE) and HMM, has announced it will temporarily remove calls at the Port of Savannah from its East Coast 2 Loop (EC2) service rotation.

“The Port of Savannah continues to face congestions,” pointed out Hapag-Lloyd, which noted that they have taken measures to clear backlogs in some of the ports that are facing severe container logjams.

The change on the EC2 service will start on the 50th week of the year and will be effective for four weeks, until the first week of 2022.

The vessels which will omit the US East Coast port will be the following:

  • ONE Hawk on week 50, 2021
  • Hyundai Honour on week 51, 2021
  • Rome Express on week 52, 2021
  • Antwerpen Express on week 1, 2022

The updated EC2 port rotation will be Qingdao – Ningbo – Shanghai – Pusan – (Panama) – Cartagena – New York – Norfolk – Wilmington – Charleston – Cartagena – (Panama) – Pusan – Qingdao.

Meanwhile, Hapag-Lloyd noted that its services East Coast Loop 1 (EC1), East Coast Loop 4 (EC4) and East Coast Loop 5 (EC5) will continue to call regularly at the Port of Savannah.

With this decision, The Alliance aims to aid its services’ schedule integrity, according to a statement by the German container carrier.

Source: Container News


ONE opens dedicated container depot in Hamburg

The Singaporean carrier Ocean Network Express (ONE) and the container services provider Universal Container Services GmbH (UCS) have strengthened their partnership by opening a dedicated ONE container depot in the Port of Hamburg.

The ONE depot, complete with an onsite repair shop, has a storage capacity of 4,000TEU including 25 reefer plugs over an area of 60,000m².

Additionally, there are three reach stackers and three empty handlers in operation “which ensures a fast turnaround of equipment”. The depot also has fully automated gates and real-time electronic data interchange (EDI) connections offering advanced security and efficiencies for customers.

The launch of the new box depot in the major German port comes two years after the opening of a similar depot in Rotterdam.

UCS is strategically located in the Port of Hamburg and is close to all main line terminals creating a flexible hub for empty containers., according to a statement.

“With this partnership we can fully focus on the needs of Ocean Network Express,” pointed out Moritz Rieck, owner of UCS.

“Depot yard space in most European and African ports is being reduced and for that reason, our strategy is to start long term partnerships with our most valued suppliers where we see opportunities,” commented Johan Pijpers of ONE (Europe) Ltd.

Source: Container News