The switch by Maersk Line and MSC of a transatlantic service from Liverpool from Felixstowe last July after the latter port suffered severe delays due to problems with a new terminal operating system has become permanent.

The cooperation between ZIM and the 2M Alliance of Maersk Line and MSC is being expanded to the Asia – Med and Asia – Pacific Northwest trades covering four services.

ZIM announced details of its new improved Asia-US East Coast (USEC) network following its recent tie-up with the 2M alliance.

The move by Zim to join the 2M alliance on the Far East-US East Coast (FE-USEC) trade will result in some reduction in capacity and also free up a large number of classic Panamax-size container ships, Alphaliner said in its weekly newsletter.

The 2M Alliance comprising Maersk Line and MSC has entered into a long term cooperation with ZIM Integrated Shipping on the Asia – US East Coast trade.

As container lines struggle with rising fuel prices Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) has announced a temporary emergency bunker surcharge.

The world’s second largest container line Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) is to invest close $1.1bn in Khalifa Port in the UAE.

Following today’s reports that MSC has ordered 11 units of 22,000 teu from Korean yard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), latest statistics from Alphaliner on what it calls ‘megamax’ containerships of 18,000 to 22,000 teu reveal some curious coincidences between ordering patterns of individual lines and alliances.

The formation of new container shipping alliances and their new mix of vessel sharing agreements could have either positive or negative impact on the number of vessel transits through the Panama Canal, though signs are pointing more toward the positive, according to Jorge Quijano, ceo of Panama Canal Authority.

Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) have penned a strategic cooperation on East-West trades that will include a series of slot exchanges and slot purchases.

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