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美森和太古联手 提供南太平洋航线服务

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美森和太古联手 提供南太平洋航线服务

来源:American Shipper 2019-12-18
翻译:国际海事信息网 王雅媛 张运鸿


       太平洋地区专业航运公司美森轮船公司(Matson)(NYSE:MATX)和太古船务(Swire Shipping)(著名航运公司太古轮船公司(China Navigation)旗下班轮服务品牌)已结成船舶共享伙伴关系,为南太平洋岛屿提供服务。


       太古船务将租用并部署一艘船舶于该航线上(具体细节有待公布);同时,美森也将在该航线部署“Imua II”号和“Olomana”号。这两艘船舶载重吨均为8000,将于明年一月开始在航线服务。




       太古船务总经理Jeremy Sutton表示:“如今推出的合作航线能让我们全球服务覆盖扩展至太平洋岛屿,并专门为新西兰客户提供一个全新的直达运输选择……我们将与客户保持紧密合作……为太平洋岛屿陆侧交付探索机会,并提供创新型数字化解决方案。”




       这多少有些令人惊讶,因为这种贸易基本上是低利润、单向的杂货贸易,而且从历史上看,有时航运公司在交货后取回集装箱时会遇到问题。 记者走访了南太平洋的一些岛屿国家和地区,并发现一些现象,海运集装箱被改造成移动储存设施、咖啡馆的移动冷藏设施,有时还被改造成牛棚。与此同时,在南太平洋地区运营的私营航运公司高管们传统上也对美森扩展业务至南太平洋地区有所担忧。   


       美森最初在20世纪20年代进入南太平洋地区进行运输贸易。2012年至2013年,该公司收购了进入破产管理程序的奥克兰Reef Shipping后,重新开始了这一地区业务。如今,美森为南太平洋岛屿国家地区提供来自澳大利亚、新西兰和美国西海岸的多项航线服务。




Matson-Swire join forces in South Pacific service


Pacific Ocean specialist carrier Matson (NYSE: MATX) and Swire Shipping (a trading arm of the famous China Navigation) have entered into a vessel-sharing partnership to help serve the South Pacific islands.


Swire Shipping will charter and deploy a vessel on the new service (details to be announced); meanwhile, Matson will deploy the Imua II and the Olomana. Both ships are 8,000 deadweight and the new service will begin in January next year.


The service will depart Auckland, New Zealand, and will serve Tonga, Samoa (Apia), the Cook Islands and Fiji with a departure from Auckland every 10 days.


“Today’s launch will enable us to offer expanded global coverage into the Pacific Islands, as well as specifically providing New Zealand customers with a new direct service alternative… We will be working closely with customers… to explore opportunities for landside delivery in the Pacific Islands as well as offering innovative digital solutions,” said Jeremy Sutton, General Manager, Swire Shipping.


Executives involved with the South Pacific Islands trade have previously confirmed to FreightWaves that there has traditionally been extensive and extremely hard fought competition between the carriers to/from this region.


That’s somewhat surprising as the trade is largely a low-margin, one-way grocery trade and there have, historically, sometimes been problems for shipping lines in getting their containers back post-delivery of cargo. This reporter has visited some of the South Pacific Islands and has observed ocean shipping containers being repurposed into mobile storage, mobile refrigeration for cafes and, occasionally, as a cow-shed. Meanwhile, executives from independent carriers working in the South Pacific have also traditionally been somewhat fearful of Matson’s entry into the South Pacific. 


Matson originally entered the South Pacific trades in the 1920s. It re-entered the trades in 2012/2013 after it bought Auckland’s Reef Shipping, which entered into receivership. Today, Matson offers several services to the South Pacific Islands from Australia, New Zealand and the West Coast of the United States.