Maersk Line, MSC and ZIM Enter Strategic Cooperation on the Asia – U.S. East Coast Trade

Israeli container shipping company ZIM has reached a deal with 2M alliance members Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company on a new strategic cooperation on the Asia – US East Coast trade. Starting in early September 2018, the companies will operate five loops between Asia and the U.S. East Coast. ZIM will operate one loop and 2M will operate four loops, and the … [Read more...]

Maersk and MSC Unveil Revamped 2M Asia-Europe Network

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) - 2M alliance partners Maersk Line and MSC will launch a revamped Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean network in May that will see port calls reduced by 17. Maersk Line announced this morning it had taken the step of reducing the number of calls as a way of maintaining better schedule reliability. “Port congestion and weather conditions … [Read more...]

Port of Southampton to Lose Call by Maersk/MSC Asia-Europe Service

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) - The 2M alliance of Maersk and MSC is to leave the UK port of Southampton. It has announced it will drop the call at the country’s second largest container gateway by the Asia-Europe AE1/Shogun service the carriers jointly operate. A spokesman for Maersk told The Loadstar: “The reason for withdrawing the Southampton call was because we … [Read more...]

Hyundai Merchant Marine Forms Intra-Asia Shipping Alliance

South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine has signed an agreement with smaller Asia-only carriers Heung-A Shipping and Sinokor Merchant Marine to form a niche shipping alliance targeting intra-Asia trade. The new alliance, called HMM + K2, is planned to begin operations in March 2017 and will automatically renew every two years. The network will cover Japan, … [Read more...]

Shippers Kick Back at 2M Alliance Plans to Put Cargo on HMM Ships

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - News that their cargo may be loaded onto Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) vessels has angered customers of the 2M Alliance. Shippers expressed concern after the announcement of a strategic cooperation agreement to commence in April, with 2M partners Maersk and MSC taking over charter and operation of a number of the South Korean carrier’s … [Read more...]