(25.9.2020) Whilst the weekly figures are still in positive territory, with only the 5700 TEU segment taking a small breather with a very slight negative movement of -0,1%, the general tendency of last week, whereby the month-on-month numbers showing a stronger growth than the weekly figures, is being replicated. The New ConTex has moved up by 1,6% this week, which is basically in line with the Year-on-Year trend. Strongest performer this week was the 1700 TEU segment.  Given the lack of available tonnage in most areas as well as due to further strong cargo volumes, the general positive trend can expected to continue for the time being. Demand should be further supported by a few new services being opened and new trade link opening as a result of the agreements between Israel and the UAE.


(21.08.2020) The Container Market trajectory remains clearly upwards and, unlike the slowing in pace experienced last week, the market's recovery has actually gathered pace this week, with the New ConTex Index gaining an impressive 24 points rise on last week. The Index is now standing at 392; still low historically and still behind where it was this time last year, but a significant inprovement nonetheless.

The shortage of post-panamax tonnage means any large size available can easily achieve a higher rate than last done and, with demand cascading down the sizes, this means growing demand for classical 4250 TEU panamaxes and increasingly the intermediate 3500 TEUs and 2700 TEUs.So it was not surprising to see the 4250 TEUs score the greatest gains with this size being marked up 12.9% (basis 12 months) on last week, ahead of the 9.1% and 9.5% gains being achieved by the 5700 TEUs and 6500 TEUs respectively.

Of particular note this week is the gain being made by the 2700 TEUs and 3500 TEUs, being marked up 6.9% and 8.9% respectively on last week (both basis 12 months). Although rates for all sizes are recovering the smaller feeder sizs are struggling to recover in comparison although, relative to their ealier losses, they have less ground to make up.

(14.8.2020) The Container market is recovering at a significantly faster rate than it declined when the COVID-19 crisis sparked a Global recession. Actually the Container Industry would appear to be experiencing a V-shaped recovery. The New ConTex Index gained a remarkable 19 points on its close last week and now stands at 368. This is, of course, still a low figure when set in a historical context but this is where we are. The list of open tonnage has shrunk noticeably in the last few weeks which points to a similar trajectory in the short term. However as the dreaded virus has not gone away nor a reliable vaccine yet discovered, the container industry, as with most others, has to remain cautious given the fragile health of the Global economy.

Taking a look at the New ConTex in more detail, the classical panamaxes (4250 TEUs) have scored the strongest gains with a hefty 12.4% gain basis 12 months on the previous week. The 5700 TEUs also fared particularly well (11.5% on last week) whilst the 6500 TEUs might have fared equally well but, as there are not many left to fix, evidence has been lacking. To summarise the fortunes of the smallers sizes, generally the smaller the ship the smaller the percentage gain. But it should be made clear that no size is struggling and all sectors are presently recovering lost ground.

(24.07.2020) The recovery of the New ConTex accelerated this week with a gain of 6 points, after improving 5, 4 and 3 points in the weeks before. The increase was mainly driven by the larger ships of 3500 TEU and larger which registered solid gains. Although all segments were positive the smallest vessels just barely registered any improvement. Activity in Asia, the Americas, and Northern Europe was good whereas in the Mediterranean the summer holiday season is starting to being felt. Southern Europe and Northern Africa though has generally been difficult this year, especially for ships between 1200 and 2000 TEU. As a consequence, for example 10 x 1700 TEU have so far positioned from Europe to the East of Suez in 2020 already.



(01.06.2020) Crew change is permitted but subject to prior approval by local immigration authority (Bundespolizei/Wasserschutzpolizei). The authorities have to be informed in advance. On/Off signing arrangements at German ports are only possible if the flight data or transit is secured/ guaranteed and the plans are approved by the immigration authority. Permission for Entry/Immigration will only be granted for seafarers, who show no symptoms of COVID-19, e.g. coughing. If there are any medical symptoms, necessary testings have to be done before crossing the border. Entering to test seafarers in Germany is not allowed. “Visas on Arrival” can be granted, e.g. at the Airport. Immigration authorities have to be informed in advance. But to avoid any problems it is recommended to submit the applications to the embassies in good time. Shore leaves are only permitted for German citizens. Overnight stays are generally not permitted in general. Exemptions are possible, e.g. a vessel is delayed, but subject to approval. According to the immigration authorities (Bundespolizei), overnight stays in combination with medical testings are not permitted. 

(22.05.2020) Wie berichtet, veröffentlicht der internationale Maklerverband FONASBA eine Übersicht über die verschiedenen nationalen Maßnahmen zur Eindämmung von COVID-19-Infektionen. Anbei finden Sie das Bulletin No. 33, das Änderungen aus Italien und Russland beinhaltet. Zudem hat die EU eine überarbeitete Fassung der Richtlinien zur Anwendung der Zoll-Vorgaben zur Überwindung der COVID-Pandemie vorgelegt. MItglieder können diese Unterlagen bei der Geschäftsstelle abfordern. 

(20.5.2020) As no index will be published on Thursday owing to the public holiday, we have only one set of figures on which to comment this week. The Container Market continues its steady decline with the New ConTex Index shedding a further 4 points yesterday to stand at 336 (10 points lower than at this point last week). The short term challenges for the industry are plain tosee with all the component rates being marked down, some significantly so. The larger ships are experiencing the heaviest falls which continues the trend of recent weeks. Notably the 4250 TEUs dropping 6% (basis 12 months employment) over the week and the 6500 TEUs falling by an even larger 6.9%.




(1.4.2020) Die bremischen Häfen sind ohne Einschränkungen voll funktionsfähig. Darauf hat die Hafengesellschaft bremenports hingewiesen. „Trotz der Beschränkungen des öffentlichen Lebens ist gewährleistet, dass der laufende Betrieb ohne Störung oder Einschränkung durchgeführt wird.

Bremen und Bremerhaven garantieren auch in der Krise schnelle, zuverlässige und umfassende Dienstleistungen für die Kunden der Häfen“, so bremenports-Geschäftsführer Robert Howe. „Sowohl die Verfügbarkeit der Infrastruktur als auch alle behördlichen Aufgaben und die hafenwirtschaftlichen Dienstleistungen, die für Ladungsumschlag und den An- und Abtransport der Waren über die Straße, die Schiene oder das Binnenschiff erforderlich sind, stehen zu einhundert Prozent zur Verfügung. Die bremischen Häfen unterstreichen damit ihre Systemrelevanz für die Funktionsfähigkeit der gesamten deutschen und europäischen Volkswirtschaft.“

Auch im Zulauf auf die Häfen sind aktuell keinerlei Probleme erkennbar oder absehbar. Die Erreichbarkeit ist sowohl auf der Straße als auf der Schiene und dem Wasserweg umfassend gegeben. „Die Häfen haben für die Versorgung der Bevölkerung und das grundsätzliche Funktionieren der Wirtschaft gerade jetzt und in den kommenden Monaten eine zentrale Bedeutung. Dem tragen wir durch organisatorische Veränderungen bei besonders kritische Aufgabenbereichen Rechnung“, so Howe.

Damit werde die durchgehende Erreichbarkeit der Häfen sowohl in Bremen als auch in Bremerhaven aktuell und in Zukunft sichergestellt. Dies betrifft sowohl die Hafeneisenbahn, die Schleusen als auch die Unterhaltung der Wassertiefen.

 bremenports hatte mit Beginn der Epidemie einen Krisenstab eingerichtet, der alle aktuellen Erkenntnisse zusammenträgt, bewertet und die notwendigen Entscheidungen trifft.

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(20.3.2020) After another Week-on-Week decline across all segments, the new ConTex is back to levels of 12 months ago. While some feeder sizes were even down on Year-on-Year figures, all sizes above 2,700 TEU are still up on 2019 numbers. Regardless of this development, there was plenty of extension activity overall in different areas this week.

In the feeder sizes, demand for 1,700 TEU vessels is picking up in Asia and there is less spot tonnage around, while eco Bangkokmaxes are almost sold out for the time being. Asia is busy with feeders because of port congestions as the side effect of the travel restrictions implemented in some of the Asian countries such as China, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. Nevertheless, the situation in the Far East is normalising by the week, while there is some uncertainty rising in the western Hemisphere. There are numerous port across the Continent and Mediterranean area, which have imposed restrictions on vessels calling said ports.

(18.3.2020) Der Senat der Freien Hansestadt Bremen hat alle Informationen über die Maßnahmen zur Eindämmung des COVID-19-Virus online zusammengefasst.: