Only last week, Rotterdam was assigned the leading European position in Ocean Alliance’s new sailing schedule. And the port can once again be satisfied with its position in the new network announced by THE Alliance.
Number of calls on Rotterdam
Rotterdam has been included as a port of call in each of the five scheduled services operated by THE Alliance (an alliance between container shipping lines Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming, UASC, MOL, NYK Line and “K”Line) between Asia and Northern Europe, as well as two of the alliance’s trans-Atlantic routes. Starting April 2017, THE Alliance will schedule a total of 31 loops along its East-West routes, involving 240 vessels. The ships will call on 75 different ports. The sailing schedule outlines five loops between Asia and Northern Europe, three loops between Asia and the Mediterranean, one loop between Asia and the Middle East, sixteen trans-Pacific loops (of which eleven call on the West Coast of North America and five on its Eastern seaboard) and six trans-Atlantic services (of which five call on ports in Northern Europe).
Last May, the container shipping alliance 2M, formed by Maersk and MSC, published its new sailing schedule for services between Europe and Asia, which was welcomed as great news by the port of Rotterdam. Rotterdam sees 2M’s new schedule, which was already implemented as of late August, as a substantial improvement because it allocates extra ‘first port of call’ and ‘last port of call’ positions to the Dutch port. And last week, it became clear that Rotterdam also has a spot on all eight loops servicing Northern Europe along the routes adopted by the new Ocean Alliance (formed by the shipping lines CMA CGM, Cosco, OOCL and Evergreen). These loops involved six regular services between Europe and Asia and two services between Europe and North America. With the new sailing schedule published by THE Alliance, the port of Rotterdam can be satisfied with its status in the sailing schedules for the East-West trade.