The ocean carriers Maersk Line and CMA CGM have once again slowed their joint weekly TP3/TP9/Columbus pendulum service between Asia and the east and west coasts of North America.
Roundtrip voyage time on the loop has increased from 112 days to 119 days, or 17 weeks, and transit times westbound from the U.S. East Coast to Malaysia, China and South Korea have increased by about seven days as vessels will now slow steam one extra week between Savannah,Ga., and Maersk's Southeast Asian hub at Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia.
reported Feb. 29 that the loop had slowed from a 15-week roundtrip voyage time to a 16-week roundtrip voyage. The service currently operates with nine CMA CGM vessels and eight from Maersk, averaging 8,479 TEUs.
The rotation of the TP3/TP9/Columbus remains Seattle, Vancouver, Yokohama, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Tanjung Pelepas, Hong Kong, Yantian, Shanghai, Busan and Seattle.
The latest slow-down is again noticeably weighted in favor of U.S. import legs and against exports. Westbound between Savannah and Tanjung Pelepas the transit time is now a super-slow 38 days compared to a Tanjung Pelepas-New York transit of only 22 days, while westbound from Vancouver to Yokohama the transit is 13 days compared with 10 days between Busan and Seattle eastbound. - BlueWater Reporting
, Ben Meyer