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I don't spend too much time in the Container sector, but this story did catch my attention.
While there have been some new routes developing, what is more interesting is the disappearance
of the smaller fleet container companies. So, the smaller players could not compete on the long-haul
China => Western Europe route, so they tried the shorter routes, with smaller vessels. Now
they are apparently being squeezed out of shorter routes.
To compete successfully in the mighty Asia/North Europe tradelane, vessels over 10,000 teu
are now required unless special circumstances apply, whilst in the transpacific, the average
of all major mainline services is 6,250 teu. Supporters of Matson’s CLX transpacific service will
point to the fact that its five vessels average only 2,716 teu, however, these also call
in Honolulu and Guam, both of which are US flag protected by the Jones Act.


Among other developments is the availability of vessels. The older vessels that used to
make the China => Western Europe runs are now available for shorter routes.

http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/News.aspx?ElementId=7f86...
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Hohum,

Another example of the "WalMart" affect............. now it is not Mom and Pop Retailers, Grocers, Hardware stores..........

It is Big Bucks Shipping............


Wooly............. Calvinball economics and its unintended consequences....
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Hi Wooly,
Wait till the widening of the Panama Canal is done. Then, larger box carriers (though maybe not
the largest) will start showing up at a port in your neck of the woods.
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Wait till the widening of the Panama Canal is done. Then, larger box carriers (though maybe not the largest) will start showing up at a port in your neck of the woods.


We'll take the largest if nobody else wants them? }};-D

We've recently completed the upgrades to our two container ports to allow for post Panama ships.


Any <All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.> mouse

http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1068623-halifax-port-l...

Halifax Port lands new shipping lines

March 19, 2013 - 7:28pm BY BILL POWER BUSINESS REPORTER



http://www.portofhalifax.ca/english/port-facilities/infrastr...
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We'll take the largest if nobody else wants them? }};-D

We've recently completed the upgrades to our two container ports to allow for post Panama ships.


The largest ones (16K/18K TEUs) would likely cause a small tidal wave in Halifax. Those monsters
will still not be able to clear the new (wider) Panama canal. Besides, what's the plan? Are
there expansion plans for WalMart Canada? Or is the mouse planning on starting a competing
chain- CanMart? (slogan: Like WalMart, but Canadian, eh!) ;)
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Besides, what's the plan? Are there expansion plans for WalMart Canada? Or is the mouse planning on starting a competing
chain- CanMart? (slogan: Like WalMart, but Canadian, eh!) ;)



Humph, just because our national sport is not full contact shopping doesn't mean we can't import "stuff"? I'll have you know that three former local Zellers stores in the area (including one just 10 minutes walk form my place) are in the process of being renovated to become Target stores.

The port also connects to the center of the world (Southern Ontario) via rail lines and highways and we also export a halibut lots of "stuff".

SIL's business brings in a bunch (somewhere between 3-99) 40' sea containers annually (around 45 last I heard) of stuff to the warehouse in Dartmouth for distribution in both Canada and that other little country just to the south of us.

Walmart is sort of a funny story in Canada. They arrived many years ago with an arrogant opinion that they were going to destroy the local yokel competition. They got a reality check in the cost of doing retail in Canuckia and ended up becoming just another one of the choices. Target seems to have read the book and have really gone out to develop the customer base.


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