Maersk Line's intra-Asia and feeder arm MCC Transport is launching a new service connecting East Malaysia with China and South Korea.

Japanese liner company ONE is the latest to impose an emergency bunker surcharge, joining industry giants Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM which all imposed surcharges last week. The charges, which it has billed as a Bunker cost Recovery Surcharge (BRS) will range between $20 and $60 per teu and will start taking effect from July 1 onwards.

Intra-Asia focused line with a growing interest in the Asia to Africa trade Gold Star Line, celebrated its 60th anniversary this weekend, marking a significant moment in its history since first setting up in Hong Kong and launching its first service in 1958.

Container line APL is launching a new service linking South China and Thailand.

Niche carrier Gold Star Line (GSL) is joining the tough Intra-Asia fray and is set to expand into India, the Middle East and Africa with the introduction of a number of new services this year.

Apparently in response to market demand, the end of 2017 and the first couple of weeks of the year have seen the launch of a flurry of new and enhanced services from several key lines on intra-Asia and China-Southeast and South Asia routes in particular.

As expected Malaysian container terminal operator Westports saw its 2017 throughput slammed by realignments in the liner industry, with overall container throughput falling 9% to 9.02m teu.

Forging boldly ahead with its intra-Asia strategy, APL has announced the launch of a new intra-Asia shortsea service covering key markets in Japan, Taiwan and Thailand.

The small containership market is a tricky one and finding the right niche to be in can be a challenging task.

APL recently celebrated 150 years of shipping in Japan with the Yokohama Port and Habour Bureau, Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation and Yokohama Port Corporation paying tribute to the line for its contributions as one of Japan’s longest-serving shipping lines.

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