APM-Maersk Group splits Baltic butterfly in two – reduces capacity to Riga and Helsinki

Aleksi Lindström

The 1,036 teu WES AMELIE, chartered by Maersk group / Credit: Aleksi Lindström

The APM-Maersk Group’s intra-European feeder branch Seago Line has launched a new weekly feeder shuttle from the German northrange port of Bremerhaven to Riga and Helsinki. At the same time, Maersk-Seago this week dropped the Riga and Helsinki wing from its Bremerhaven-based butterfly.

In terms of service frequency nothing much has changed, since the APM-Maersk Group eventually replaced one weekly butterfly with four ships on a 28-day round-trip, with two separate weekly services with two ships each on 14-day round-trips.

Capacity-wise, the move resulted in a reduction of about 700 teu per week, as the butterfly was operated with four ships of about 1,700 teu (now down to two), whereas the new ‘new’ Helsinki and Riga service deploys the 1,036 WES AMELIE and the 956 teu HANSE CONFIDENCE.

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