American Feeder Lines to start short-sea route within months

The following is the text of a press release issued by American Feeder Lines:
(NEW YORK) — American Feeder Lines announce start of operations
in Q2, 2011. First service will employ modern container feeder of 1,0001,300
capacity in a weekly service connecting Boston, MA. and Portland, ME. with
Halifax, NS/Canada. Andrew Haines has been hired as Vice President Line
Management. Regional office will be set up in Boston.
“We are very proud to announce our first North American Feeder Service along the M95
corridor, connecting the New England States with the world’s liner Network via the
ports of Boston, Portland and Halifax†says Percy Pyne IV., Chairman and CoFounder
of American Feeder Lines, New York. “We have spent a lot of time with the ports and
the industry stakeholders in New England. Our research showed that importers and
exporters in the region are disadvantaged as there is a lack of all water services serving
the region. Many conversations have pointed us to the obvious need, shippers and
receivers made commitments, which have encouraged us to take our decision.â€
The new service is following the path of the former “Yankee Clipperâ€, which provided
regular weekly services to the New England states, carrying containers for Hapag Lloyd.
AFL has decided to call their new service “American Feeder Lines New EnglandHalifax
Shuttleâ€. The new weekly service is set to commence in the second half of the second
quarter 2011, depending on the phasein
dates of the charter vessel into the new
weekly service.
Rudy Mack, COO of AFL: “I am very happy to see us starting with our NewEnglandHalifax
Shuttle, as I have been running the “Yankee Clipper Service†during my time as
President & CEO of Hapag Lloyd. This service gave us the competitive edge for the
business in the region, as you could set the clock after the vessel’s calls. Regular and
reliable service has been missing since the demise of the feeder activities. Now, we can
offer very attractive transit times for imports and exports from and to all major
destinations worldwide.
This is what the market needs and we are proud to help improving the business and
creating many new jobs in New England. We will market our service to all main liners
serving the northeast of the United States and I am sure that the shippers and receivers
will ask them to connect with our new service.â€
The port facilities in Portland have been idle since direct services have been
discontinued and the city is very much looking forward to the new business. Major
customers in the region include newsprint and paper industry, exporting most of their 5
million tons annual production. Massport, the port of Boston, will market the new service
to its customers, accounting for several hundred thousand TEU p.a.
Tobias Koenig, CEO and CoFounder
of AFL: “We are happy to announce that Andrew
Haines has decided to join us as Vice President Line Management. Andrew has 25+
years of shipping experience, mostly serving the New England market. Over the years
of loyal service for respected liner services, he has earned a strong reputation with the
leading importers and exporters in the region. Andrew’s commitment to AFL’s new
service is an important milestone for us and big step forward improving the
competitiveness of the North American export industry in the international markets.
Andrew will set up AFL’s new Boston office and continue to be as close as possible to
our customers, underlining our long term commitment to this service.â€
AFL is currently negotiating the charter for the first vessel of the new service. The New
England Halifax Shuttle will be the first of many services, which American Feeder Lines
are planning to introduce along the M95
and M10
American Marine Highway corridors.
Whilst this service will focus on international transshipment cargo, other services will
have a main focus on domestic cargoes.
About American Feeder Lines (AFL)
American Feeder Lines (AFL) will operate a Jones Act Short Sea services on the U.S.
East and Gulf Coasts for shippers, and trucking/logistics companies in the domestic
freight sector, as well as Container Feeder services for international container lines.
AFL will operate coastal container ships of approx. 1300 TEU capacity capable of
carrying the full range of international and domestic sized boxes (including reefers) in
scheduled service between ports serving the U.S. market. For the construction of the
Jones Act Fleet, AFL has signed LOI’s for ten vessels to be build at two different
shipyards in the United States.
The vessels can be modified to include an onboard crane and other defense related
features to meet U.S. Defense Department requirement.
To further reduce the CO2 impacts of marine transportation the vessels will operate on
low sulfur fuel including LNG and biodiesel fuel (waste fats). They will comply with 2017
IMO Tier III regulation as well as 2017 ECA zone regulation for SOx, NOx and PM.
The ships will be the greenest possible ships trading in US coastal waters and set the
standards for modern coastal shipping with very good fuel efficiency. One AFL ship
carrying 992 laden containers (14t/TEU) would produce 0.024 kg CO2/ton mile or 27
percent less CO2/ton mile than if the same containers were moved on 246 railcars
(double stacked), and 77 percent less than if they were moved on 744 trucks (The net
savings of one ship is represented by 24 million gallons of diesel fuel (compared to
trucking) and savings of 600,000 tons of CO2 per year when the benefits of biodiesel
are taken into account.)
By Professional Mariner Staff