CMA CGM’s 8-passenger CMA CGM Puget Joins Hong Kong – China – Taiwan – New Zealand – Hong Kong Cargo-Passenger Service

CMA CGM Puget © Iappino at ShipspottingThe Cruise People Ltd are pleased to announce that the 8-passenger CMA CGM Puget (above) is joining the cargo-passenger service between Asia and New Zealand, with sailings between Hong Kong, Chinese ports, Taiwan, South Korea, Fiji and five ports in New Zealand. The return voyage is made via New Caledonia. Chinese visa and Yellow Fever innoculations are required. Fares begin at €100 per person per day (€110 single). The CMA CGM Puget joins Hansa Shipping’s 3-passenger HS Beethoven on this route.

Meanwhile, the two-passenger Aglaia sails between Hong Kong, Brisbane in Australia and four ports in New Zealand while the Ariana sails between Port Kelang, Singapore, Brisbane and five ports in New Zealand – but book early because there is only one passenger cabin on each ship! Detailed port rotations follow for each route:

CMA CGM Puget (one Owners cabin, three double cabins, 8 passengers) and HS Beethoven (one double Owners cabin, one single cabin, 3 passengers): Hong Kong, Chiwan (day 1), Keelung (day 2), Ningbo (day 4), Shanghai (day 6), Pusan (day 8, disembarkation only), Suva, Auckland (day 25), Port Chalmers, Lyttelton (day 30), Napier (day 32), Tauranga (day 33), Noumea (day 36) and Hong Kong (day 49).

Aglaia (double suite, 2 passengers): Hong Kong, Brisbane (day 11), Auckland (day 16), Lyttelton (day 19), Napier (day 21), Tauranga (day 22), Tokyo (day 33), Kobe (day 35), Pusan, Shanghai (day 37), Yantian (day 40) and Hong Kong (day 42). Australian visa also required for this voyage.

Ariana (twin suite, 2 passengers): Singapore, Brisbane (day 14), Auckland (day 19), Lyttelton (day 21), Wellington (day 23), Napier (day 25), Tauranga (day 27), Port Kelang (day 41) and Singapore (day 42). Australian visa also required for this voyage.

For further details please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

“Shipping Network” – Holidays in the hold – The Cruise People’s Kevin Griffin says take a trip on a cargo ship to get under the skin of shipping

The following article appears in the December 2014 issue of “Shipping Network,” the official magazine of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

Holidays in the hold    by Kevin Griffin

CMA CGM Andromeda © Walter Rademacher

The UK-registered 2009-built CMA CGM Andromeda carries ten passengers in two twin cabins and three doubles

As many shipping people are aware, there are about 300 passenger-carrying cargo ships on world trade routes, ranging from shortsea vessels to the world’s largest container ships. These vessels, all built in recent years, are limited to a maximum of twelve passengers each, above which they must carry a doctor.

Still, it never fails to surprise us the number of people engaged in shipping who do not realise that cargo ships might carry passengers. Twice, we have had booked passengers to board in Long Beach who were told by the local agent that their ships did not carry passengers!

As container ships displaced cargo liners in the 1970s, much cargo-passenger activity faded away, but over the years the practice has been revived as the concept was introduced to container ships. The first container line to carry passengers was Hamburg-Süd in 1985.

The changed nature of the chartering of container ships today can, however, cause problems for would-be passengers. While once owners operated their own ships, today’s fleets are divided into owned, leased and chartered vessels, and since 2008 many of the latter have been operating on some very short charters.

This particularly affects Germany with its shipowning tax saving plans. When ships change charterers or are withdrawn from one route and moved to another this causes problems for passengers This is something passengers are made aware of when they book of course, but it’s still a disruption.

To take a German example, Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft Buxtehude (NSB) turned to passenger carrying after an unusual start. Managing newly-built container ships owned by many individuals investing in the 1980s and 1990s ‘KG’ tax saving schemes, it set aside accommodation for the owners’ holidays.

But when investors did not make use of the cabins NSB offered them to the public. It now operates about 40 passenger-carrying container ships on routes that are determined by charterers such as CMA CGM, Evergreen Line, Hanjin, MSC and Zim.

Chairman’s call

CMA CGM owns 75 passenger-carrying cargo ships, 30 of which are registered in London. After adding the privatised CGM to CMA to form CMA CGM in 1996, chairman Jacques Saadé decided that new container ships should have passenger accommodation, usually for eight or 10 passengers. This was his way of commemorating famous French liners such as the Normandie and the France.

CMA CGM’s Panama Direct Service between Europe and Australia and New Zealand is fully booked eighteen months in advance. A round voyage takes 84 days and one-way bookings are also accepted. But while cabins for voyages to Australia are full, trade with China means that there is still plenty of space for those wishing to travel to and from the Far East. CMA CGM carried 874 passengers during 2013.

Grande Costa d'AvorioFor its part, Grimaldi Lines provides passenger accommodation in about 35 cargo ships. As they are of a unique design, they are the only cargo ships offering inside cabins. Other lines have a maximum age limit of 79, but Grimaldi will accept passengers up to 85. Its most popular services run from Tilbury to South America and from Southampton to the Mediterranean and Scandinavia.

Hamburg’s Rickmers Line, meanwhile, operates nine multi-purpose heavy lift ships in round-the-world service. Spending more time in port, they are popular with passengers. Passengers join in Singapore, sail to ports in Southeast Asia and the Far East, transit the Panama Canal and call on the US eastern seaboard before crossing the Atlantic to Antwerp, Hamburg and Genoa. Those wishing to sail all the way round the world can connect to Singapore from Europe or North America by container ship.

Polsteam operates to the Great Lakes and has a fleet of 11 ships that accept passengers. Carrying steel from IJmuiden to the lakes and loading grain out, they offer the last opportunity to travel on a “tramp” bulk carrier.

In light of the popularity of passenger transits on cargo ships, why have some owners such as Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd taken themselves entirely out of the passenger game, while others such as CMA CGM, Grimaldi and Hamburg-Süd have upped their ante with more ships? When Hapag-Lloyd bought out CP Ships in 2005, for example, it took 21 container ships out of the passenger game.

One reason owners like passengers is that in a poor market a few passengers can add a few hundred dollars a day to the time charter return. Another, more altruistic reason, is that their officers and crew feel less isolated and disconnected from the real world, a worthwhile reason indeed. Fares average about €100 per person per day.

Kevin Griffin MICS is managing director of Griffin Maritime Co Ltd and its affiliate The Cruise People Ltd. Further details at www.cruisepeople.co.uk.

NSB’s Hanjin Boston Reinstates Cargo-Passenger Service Between California And The Mediterranean Via The Far East And Suez

Hanjin BostonNSB Freighter Cruises have once again introduced cargo-passenger service on the Hanjin Lines service between Italy, the Far East and California, with a full round voyage of 112 days. La Spezia to Long Beach is 54 days and Piraeus to Long Beach is 42 days, while Oakland to Piraeus is 50 days and Oakland to La Spezia is 53 days. Other routes are also available, e.g. Trans-Pacific or Europe-Far East. This reinstates direct connections between Europe and the US West Coast.

The 92,984-ton Hanjin Boston carries a maximum of ten passengers in two Owners, two Double and two Single cabins, and each ship is equipped with an indoor swimming pool.

Rotation is La Spezia – Genoa (day 2) – Barcelona (day 5) – Valencia (day 7) – Piraeus (day 12) – Suez Canal (day 15) – Singapore (day 30) – Baria Vung Tau (day 32) – Hong Kong (day 36) – Shanghai (day 39) – Pusan (day 42) – Long Beach (day 54) – Oakland (day 59) – Pusan (day 79) – Qingdao (day 82) – Shanghai-Yangshan (day 84) – Ningbo (day 85) – Hong Kong (day 88) – Yantian (day 89) – Nansha (day 90) – Singapore  (day 94) – Suez – Piraeus (day 109) – La Spezia (day 112).
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Fares are €95 per person per day in the Owners (€110 per day for sole use) or €85 to 90 per person per day in the Double cabin (€100-105 per day for sole use) and €85 per day for the Single cabin. Port taxes and deviation insurance are extra at €85 and €160, respectively).
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For details on other routes please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

10% Off Last-Minute Cargo-Passenger Opportunity From Europe To Australia – m.v. Buxhai Departs La Spezia November 29-30

Buxhai © ScheepvaartwestWe are today offering on short notice a voyage to Australia in the m.v. Buxhai (above), an NSB vessel operating on charter to MSC. She departs La Spezia on or about November 29-30 for Australia via Mauritius. Ports of call include La Spezia, Naples, Gioia Tauro via Pointe des Galets and Port Louis to Sydney (34 days from La Spezia), Melbourne (36 days), Adelaide (40 days) and Fremantle (45 days). The ships then return by way of Singapore and ports in the Middle East (no Middle East embarkation, disembarkation or shore leave is possible). New Zealand is not served on this route. One-way voyages are possible.

MSC Lausanne Owners SuiteBuxhai is equipped with an Owners Cabin (right) of 340 sq ft and two Double cabins, one of 340 and one of 270 sq ft in area, all with en suite facilities. Each contains a separate dayroom and bedroom, with reduced fares of €81 to €85.50 per person per day double or €94.50 to €99 per day single. Port charges and deviation insurance are extra and a valid yellow fever vaccination is required.

For further details or to book please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Some Ideas For Those Wanting to Spend Christmas – or the Entire Winter for That Matter – as a Passenger on a Cargo Ship

Hanjin Brussels at SeaSeveral people have recently been asking us for a cargo ship voyage that will get them away for Christmas, or even for the whole of the winter for that matter, but they are not quite sure just where they might like to go. For those in this predicament we are pleased to attach the following link for some of the longer voyages we offer – about 50 to 110 days in duration (click on the link below).

Freighter Cruises Worldwide

With more than 300 passenger-carrying cargo ships in our inventory, the selection is wide, and there is a choice among ships operated by French, German and Italian owners. Some areas are sold out but there is usually an alternative available. And remember, this style of travel is a bargain for singles, with some single fares actually being lower than double fares and single supplements usually being only about 10-15%.

For further details please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk. Ask about our round-the-world cruises as well.

Vancouver to Genoa Route Re-Opens With Two Single Cabins On Hamburg-Süd’s Cap Jackson, Sailing From Barcelona Today

Cap Jackson © Marine TrafficHamburg-Süd’s 50,270-ton deadweight container ship Cap Jackson has been assigned to a new cargo-passenger route between Genoa, Fos-sur-Mer, Barcelona and Valencia, by way of Cartagena and the Panama Canal, to Manzanillo, Los Angeles, Oakland, Tacoma and Vancouver. She then returns from Vancouver via Portland, Oakland, Los Angeles and Manzanillo, by way of Panama again, Cartagena and Caucedo, to Lisbon, Tangier, Valencia, Cagliari, Livorno and Genoa. The round voyage takes 77 days while the voyage from Barcelona to Vancouver is 34 days and Vancouver back to Genoa is 40 days. Built in 2010, and sailing from Barcelona this morning (01.11.14) on her way to Vancouver, the Cap Jackson has two single cabins. Fares begin at €6,850 for the round voyage (€7,235 in the Owners single), and €3,195 for the one-way trip from Barcelona to Vancouver (€3,365 in the Owners). Air-conditioned with elevator, both cabins have views to the side of the ship (so no container stow in the way) and age limits are 6 to 79 maximum. This voyage can also be turned into part of a round-the-world routing by linking up with CMA CGM’s Columbus Loop service to the Far East and New York via Suez.

For further details please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk. Ask about round-the-world cruises as well.

Hong Kong-China-Taiwan–New Zealand Cargo-Passenger Sailings Now Offered By Hansa Shipping’s HS Beethoven

HS Beethoven © Frank Tribull

Hansa Shipping’s HS Beethoven now serves the trade from Hong Kong to New Zealand, with calls at Fiji and New Caledonia

The Cruise People are pleased to announce that a new ship now offers passages between Asia and New Zealand, with the 3-passenger HS Beethoven (right) sailing between Hong Kong, Chinese ports, Taiwan, South Korea, Fiji and five ports in New Zealand. The return voyage is made via New Caledonia, Disembarkation only is allowed at Pusan (no embarkations). Chinese visa and Yellow Fever innoculation required. Fares begin at €90 per person per day (€105 single) plus dues and taxes.

Meanwhile, the two-passenger Aglaia sails between Hong Kong, Brisbane and four ports in New Zealand while the Ariana sails between Port Kelang, Singapore, Brisbane and five ports in New Zealand but book early because she offers only one passenger cabin on each ship! Detailed port rotations are set out for each route below:

HS Beethoven (one double Owners cabin, one single cabin, 3 passengers): Hong Kong, Chiwan (day 1), Keelung (day 2), Ningbo (day 4), Shanghai (day 6), Pusan (day 8), Suva, Auckland (day 25), Port Chalmers, Lyttelton (day 30), Napier (day 32), Tauranga (day 33), Noumea (day 36) and Hong Kong (day 49).

Aglaia (double suite, 2 passengers): Hong Kong, Brisbane (day 11), Auckland (day 16), Lyttelton (day 19), Napier (day 21), Tauranga (day 22), Tokyo (day 33), Kovbe (day 35), Pusan, Shanghai (day 37), Yantian (day 40) and Hong Kong (day 42). Australian visa also required for this voyage.

Ariana (twin suite, 2 passengers): Singapore, Brisbane (day 14), Auckland (day 19), Lyttelton (day 21), Wellington (day 23), Napier (day 25), Tauranga (day 27), Port Kelang (day 41) and Singapore (day 42). Australian visa also required for this voyage.

For further details please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Revised 13.12.14

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