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Ocean Carriers Adjust Networks for 2019

(Edwin Lopez – Supply Chain Dive)

Ocean carriers announced a series of network shifts this week, as the members of 2M and THE Alliance adjust their capacity and port calls to match demand trends expected in 2019 and prepare for IMO 2020.

THE Alliance will replace three of its services (FE1, PS1 and PS2) with a new “pendulum service” between Europe and Asia, with eight destinations in between. It will also add a new Pacific Northwest 4 service, running from Xiamen, China, to Tacoma, Washington, and back, according to a press release.

2M will add six ultra large container vessels into 10 of its Asia-Europe services and drop eight port calls as of March 2019, according to The Loadstar. Despite the bigger ships, weekly capacity will be unaffected next year as the carriers are planning longer transit times, which include buffers for port congestion. Click here to read more.