Three American carriers seek emergency tie-up

Three American lines are seeking an emergency tie-up to cope with the supply chain fallout brought about by the spread of coronavirus.

Crowley Liner Services, King Ocean Services and Seaboard Marine who have service networks focused on the US Gulf, Central America and the Caribbean Basin have filed an application to implement an Emergency Cooperative Working Agreement with the United States’ Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).

“The proposed agreement would authorize Crowley, King Ocean and Seaboard to discuss and agree upon the removal of one or more vessels from their trades, the coordination of timetables, sailing dates, frequency of sailings, and the carrying capacity offered by each of them,” Alphaliner noted in its most recent weekly report.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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