UK freight forwarder-turned-liner operator Allseas Shipping Company, now embroiled in a dispute with the owners of a chartered vessel, has started offering China to the United Kingdom shipments by buying slots from THE Alliance, including Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Mine, ONE and HMM.
Allseas has begun promoting sailings on THE Alliance’s FE2 Asia – North Europe service, collecting cargoes at Ningbo and Yantian in China, with discharge at UK’s Southampton.
The company apparently commenced this in mid-October, with cargoes loaded onto the 19,870 TEU Al Nefud on 16 October, which is scheduled to arrive in Southampton on 17 November.
Allseas began liner services in June, with its North China Xpress service linking China with Bangladesh and Europe, using five chartered ships of 1,400 to 1,800 TEU. That appeared ill-timed, as freight rates began declining in the face of inflation, falling consumption, and easing port congestion.
In the meantime, it appears that charter re-negotiations on two ships taken by Allseas are underway. The Allseas Pioneer, chartered from China’s Maoming Huaxiang Shipping, has been anchored in Rotterdam since August, while San Alfonso, chartered from Greece’s Goldenport Shipmanagement, has been moored off Teesport, UK, since early October. The other three ships, Seren, Amo and BBC Finland, appear to have been redelivered to their owners, Istanbul Denizcilik, Balo Ulasim ve Turizm Tic and BBC Chartering.