Hapag-Lloyd sends further service to Wilhelmshaven

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Following a Far East service, “THE Alliance” under the leadership of Hapag-Lloyd is sending another service to Wilhelmshaven.

This is one of the transatlantic loops. The ships deployed in the “AL4” service will also call at the Jade port in future. This will start at the beginning of next year. [ds_preview]

The “AL4”, operated by Hapag-Lloyd and ONE, will sail between Northern Europe and the US Gulf. The first call is planned for January 12 with the 6,402 TEU “Dimitra C”, reports the industry service Alphaliner. Following the decommissioning of two classic Panamax ships with 4,900 TEU, the service now has a total of six ships with capacities between 5,500 TEU and 6,660 TEU.

Six ships coming to Wilhelmshaven

Wilhelmshaven will then become the second German port of call alongside Hamburg. In addition, Le Havre, London-Gateway and Antwerp as well as Veracruz, Altamira and Houston will be called at. The two other alliance partners of “THEA” are not involved, it is said.

The container terminal on the Jade has been jointly operated by the Eurogate Group and Hamburg-based shipping company Hapag-Lloyd, which replaced the previous shareholder APM Terminals, since April 2022. Since then, a Far East service has been calling at the Jade port instead of Hamburg as before.

Wilhelmshaven does not (yet) benefit from Hapag-Lloyd

Only 412,000 TEU were handled at the Jade-Weser Port in the first nine months, around a fifth less than at the same time last year. This means that, contrary to hopes, the new alliance between Eurogate and Hapag-Lloyd has not yet been able to ensure an upturn in container handling, rather the opposite. A year ago, 518,000 TEU crossed the quays. Following the withdrawal of its terminal sister at Jade-Weser-Port, Maersk apparently diverted volumes to other locations.

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