China United Lines works on Europe voyages
On February 8, Yantian left the company's first Asia-Europe operation in southern China, using the 2,700 TEU Laila, a Peter Dohle chartered ship.
The ship, now bound for the Suez Canal in the Indian Ocean, is bound for Hamburg and Rotterdam.
XSTAFF, a Düsseldorf-based international purchasing network, has developed the service, citing the current extremely high freight prices, limited supply of containers and regular delays in its decision to partner with CU Lines for the new service.
In recent months, intense demand combined with sky high freight rates has seen liners search out all types of tonnage, with several MPPs still on charter.
“The charter was planned as a one-off initiative, due to strong demand, however, preparations are already underway for a second voyage in the first half of 2021 if the shipping environment has not improved,” stated XSTAFF.
Maritime Business World