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To follow up and to clear up some misreporting due to complexity of the liner business, the only shipping company that is explicitly avoiding Tokyo, Yokohama and until tomorrow, Nagoya is Hapag-Lloyd.

Hapag-Lloyd operates transpacific routes in a pooling arrangement known as the Grand Alliance along with OOCL, NYK and MISC. As a result, those companies have also had impacts on some of their Japan trade. NYK and OOCL continue to serve Tokyo and Yokohama on their other, non-alliance routes.

Hapag-Lloyd's move has been driven in part by ship owner Claus-Peter Offen who has stated that if his ships are 'affected' by radiation, they are not insured. At least one of the Hapag-Lloyd ships serving Japan, the Vancouver Express, is owned directly by Offen.

by Jace on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 10:47:35 AM EST
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