The ocean carriers APL and Hamburg Süd have reduced their cooperation on services between Mexico and the west coast of Latin America.
Singapore-owned APL has ended its Mexico-to-Central America MCX loop, on which German carrier Hamburg Süd and its subsidiary Alianca had previously taken slots. The MCX had been operated with a single 1,304-TEU vessel, the Mercs Jaffna
, which can now be found on APL's weekly WCX loop between Mexico, Central America, and the west coast of South America.
In turn, both Hamburg Süd and Alianca have ended their participation on the WCX service with the Dec. 22 sailing of the Cap Pallisar
. Hamburg Süd previously supplied one of the three 1,500-TEU average-size vessels on the service.
APL has also added a call at Acajutla and dropped calls at La Union and Puerto Caldera on the WCX, leaving a revised rotation of Lazaro Cardenas, Puerto Quetzal, Acajutla, Balboa, Paita, Guayaquil, Balboa, Acajutla, Puerto Quetzal, and Lazaro Cardenas. The service will now operate with three APL vessels with an average capacity of 1,500 TEUs. Mitsui O.S.K. Line of Japan, a partner to APL in the New World Alliance, will continue to take slots on the WCX loop, calling it ECX, though MOL’s participation is limited to the section between Panama's hub of Balboa and ports on the west coast of South America.
These changes correlate with Hamburg Süd's restructuring of its Central American services
reported by American Shipper
on Dec. 6. Hamburg Süd will continue its West Coast Central American Feeder, the carrier’s previous name for both the MCX and WCX, and will now operate from Manzanillo, Mexico, to Central America via two weekly slings. According to Hamburg Süd, the first sling is to begin Jan. 9 with the vessel Falmouth
and the second sling on Jan. 10 with the Oberon
. - BlueWater Reporting
, Bessie Howard