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CMA CGM sign a reservation agreement for Honmokufuto D5 terminal in Port of Yokohama

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The CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land and air logistics solutions, and the Yokohama Kawasaki International Port Corporation have signed a Reservation Agreement for the Honmokufuto D5 container terminal in Port of Yokohama in October 2022. This primes the relocation of CMA CGM’s current container terminal operations at D4 to D5 by October 2026.

Promises more container yard capacity and more than doubling reefer plugs

The D5 terminal will have a cargo berth with a linear quay length of 400 metres and a draft of 16 metres. This will provide CMA CGM with greater flexibility in accommodating shipments arriving on larger vessels of up to 15,000-TEU. The D5 terminal will be designed to provide 20% more container yard capacity, and some 120% more container reefer plugs than today. This will present opportunities for CMA CGM to cater to the growing fresh fruit shipments to Yokohama on its weekly Asia Central South America 1 service.

A greener container terminal

The development of the D5 terminal plans be holistic, taking into account CMA CGM’s key service routes as an international carrier and shipping trends, as CMA CGM taps the Port of Yokohama as its the base of operations. The D5 container terminal will be operated with three quay cranes that are capable of serving ships with up to 20 rows of containers and up to nine containers high on deck, plus 11 near-zero emission rubber tyred gantry cranes.

Cold ironing facilities will be installed for CMA CGM vessels to plug into shore power while they are at berth in the port. With their vessel auxiliary engines turned off while still getting the power they need, particularly in order to maintain controlled temperatures in refrigerated fresh produce cargoes, a significant amount of vessel’s emissions at berth will be eliminated.

LNG bunkering facilities will also be developed at the port. This paves the way for potential LNG bunkering onboard CMA CGM’s LNG-powered vessels that are e-methane ready. CMA CGM currently has 32 LNG-powered e-methane ready ships and the Group will operate 77 such ships by 2026.

Hideki Uchida, President of CMA CGM Japan, said: “As we prime for our larger vessels to ship more inbound cargoes to Yokohama, particularly fresh fruits from Central and Southern America, the enhanced operational capabilities, container yard capacity and reefer plugs at the D5 terminal is set to take our service delivery a notch up. Importantly, we shall be able to further decarbonise shipping and container terminal operations through the infrastructure that is planned ahead.”

“The Honmokufuto D5 Reconstruction Project is part of our mid-term management plan, and is an important project that the entire company is working on. Yokohama Kawasaki International Port Corporation is committed to the redevelopment project in cooperation with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the City of Yokohama, and other related organizations, in order to bring the D-5 container terminal into service as soon as possible.“ said Shinya Hitomi, President & CEO, YKIP.

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Maersk and MSC to terminate 2M alliance in 2025

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MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company and Maersk A/S, an entity under A.P. Moller – Maersk, have mutually agreed to terminate, effective in January 2025, the present 2M alliance.

In a joint statement, CEO Vincent Clerc of A. P. Moller – Maersk, and CEO Soren Toft of MSC say, “MSC and Maersk recognize that much has changed since the two companies signed the 10-year agreement in 2015. Discontinuing the 2M alliance paves the way for both companies to continue to pursue their individual strategies.”

He continues, “We have very much appreciated the partnership and look forward to a continued strong collaboration throughout the remainder of the agreement period. We remain fully committed to delivering on the 2M alliance’s services to customers of MSC and Maersk.”

The announcement has no immediate impact on the services provided to customers using the 2M trades. Each company’s customer teams will communicate with their respective clients to support during, and beyond, the phase-out of the 2M alliance.

Background information about the 2M alliance:

  • 2M is a container shipping line vessel sharing agreement (VSA)
  • It was introduced in 2015 by the two companies with the aim of ensuring competitive and cost-efficient operations on the Asia-Europe,
  • Transatlantic and Transpacific trades
  • The 2M agreement has a minimum term of 10 years with a 2-year notice period of termination

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Mawani announces addition of Indamex 2 shipping service

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The Saudi Ports Authority has announced the addition of the Indamex 2 shipping service, a route jointly operated by global container liners Hapag-Lloyd and CMA CGM, to Jeddah Islamic Port.

The trade link is key to the Kingdom’s ambitions in positioning Jeddah as a major east-west hub and strengthening its global maritime connectivity in line with the goals of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy.

The Kingdom’s busiest port will gain access to leading trade gateways across the Indian Subcontinent and North America, including Port Qasim in Pakistan, Mundra and Jawaharlal Nehru in India, and Norfolk, Charleston, and Savannah in the United States.

The first sailing on the new shipping service had left the Red Sea port on the 11 th of January on board MV. SWANSEA V. 006W, a vessel that has a carrying capacity of 4600-6966 TEUs. Over the course of last year, the nation’s hubs have added up to 9 shipping services in a bid to boost the Kingdom’s ranking in the global logistics indices and multiply the sector’s current throughput capacity.

Jeddah Islamic Port remains the region’s prime maritime and transshipment hub, receiving around three- fourths of the Kingdom’s seaborne trade and transshipment volumes across its 62 multipurpose berths designed to handle containers, general cargo, livestock, passengers, bulk grain, and automobiles. With a capacity spanning 130 million tons, the port is home to state-of-the-art infrastructure that comprises four cargo and container terminals, a bonded storage and re-export zone, storage yards, and warehouses.

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Ocean Network Express to acquire TraPac and Yusen Terminals

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Ocean Network Express has signed definitive agreements to acquire a 51% stake in each of TraPac LLC and Yusen Terminals LLC, currently held by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha respectively. TraPac is a container terminal operator and vessel stevedore that provides container terminal services in Los Angeles and Oakland. YTI is a container terminal operator and vessel stevedore that provides container terminal services in Los Angeles.

These acquisitions are part of the integration of the container shipping businesses from the parent companies into ONE. The recent disruptions to the supply chain due to Covid-19 have highlighted the importance container terminals play in keeping global trade flowing. The newly acquired container terminals will safeguard ONE’s access to terminal capacity in key and strategic gateways, support its growth ambitions and enhance its service offerings to customers.

The closing of these transactions is subject to the approval of the relevant authorities.

Ocean Network Express was established on July 7, 2017 by the integration of ‘K’ Line, MOL and NYK.

Their fleet size is 1,505,181 TEU which is the 7th largest in the world. Operations will be performed through a fleet of 205 vessels, including 35 super-large ships, such as the world largest 20,000TEU container-ships, in a service network covering over 120 countries around the world. ONE will further expand the number of ports in the future to Asia, North America, Europe, the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East, also planning to expand our direct service to perform a wide service coverage.

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