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Ports – winners and losers after launch of mega alliances

Mon 10 Apr 2017 by Rebecca Moore

Ports – winners and losers after launch of mega alliances
The new alliances have led to a shake-up of ports, says CargoSmart, which has launched Alliance Reshuffle Dashboard (under Route Master), to keep track

More ports will be dropped than added in the new alliance networks, according to research from CargoSmart.

Six ports will be dropped on Asia-Europe and eight will be added, while on the transpacific 11 will be dropped and six added. On the transatlantic, five alliance ports will be dropped and five added. On the Asia-Europe trade, Hamburg will lose five alliance services, but average vessel size has increased by 600 teu and there will be 13 more vessels calling at its facilities, while Rotterdam will lose three slings, but will see 30 more vessels call at its terminals.

Over in the US, Long Beach will lose four alliance services, but Los Angeles will gain three. Other results include: Charleston will lose eight services and New York and New Jersey will lose four.

There will be fewer services offered through the Suez Canal, moving from 15 per cent to 8 per cent. And among the services through the Panama Canal, more than 50 per cent are operated via Ocean Alliance.

Meanwhile, 50 per cent of routes will change from direct to transhipment routes, according to CargoSmart’s research. It warned in a webinar: “Fewer direct route options and more transshipments could lead to a higher chance of missed schedules.” It gave the example that transpacific trade routes will have decreased after April 2.

While 60 per cent of Asia-Europe routes will have shorter transit times.

CargoSmart has launched Route Master, the first tool that lets shippers visualise, compare, and respond faster to ocean carriers’ and alliances’ service changes. The company has also launched a new pop-up tool, the Alliance Reshuffle Dashboard, to track the shipping alliances’ vessel deployments to their new services, under the brand of Route Master.