South Africa remains on Far East – East Coast South America service

May 7, 2005
Author: P&S

A number of changes involving shipping services operating between the Far East, South Africa and South America have been announced (seePORTS & SHIPS Newsdated 1 April 2005).

The former Asia Atlantic Express Services (ASAX), which has until now been operated by ships of CSAV, China Shipping Lines and CMA CGM has been dissolved with CSAV going it alone, while China Shipping, CMA CGM and Maruba have formed a new alliance.

Chile’s Compania Sudamericana de Vapores (CSAV) - Latin America’s largest and one of the world’s oldest shipping company’s, is introducing ten ships in the 2 500-TEU range on a revamped schedule. The weekly service provides a shorter transit with a round trip taking 63 days instead of the 70 days of the old shared service.

The port rotation is Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Durban, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Paranagua, Itajai, Rio Grande, Durban, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai.

CSAV ships are already regular sights in Durban and are easily identified by the river prefix ahead of the name, i.e. Rio Baker, Rio Rapel or Rio Petrohue. The Chilean company is represented in South Africa by Combined Ocean (Rennies Ships Agency).

CMA CGM and China Shipping Container Line (CSCL) have linked with Maruba Shipping by also offering a ten-ship weekly service but with Durban as a port of call only on the westbound route. The rotation is Pusan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Port Kelang, Durban, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Buenos-Aires, Rio Grande, Paranagua, Santos, Port Kelang, Hong Kong and Pusan.

Durban will however feature on the first two eastbound voyages, according to the South African agents for China Shipping. The ten ships being deployed have an average 2 500-TEU capacity, with five being provided by the French company CMA CGM, three by China Shipping and two from Maruba.

Maruba’s first vessel on this service – another new ‘face’ in South African waters, is
Maruba Kathy, due 26 June.

China Shipping vessels will operate the first two voyages with the first, CSCL Napoli expected in Durban tomorrow (Sunday 8 May). Although not listed on the official rotation schedule the first two CSCL vessels will nevertheless call at Durban on the eastbound voyage to discharge and load.

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