Maersk Line reshuffles West Med – ECNA offer

Maersk Line announced today a revision of it service offers on the West Med – ECNA trade lane.

The Danish operator will withdraw from the joint service which it currently offers in cooperation with CMA CGM, and on which Hapag-Lloyd, MOL and APL are slot partners.

Maersk Line will replace the present service by the combination of an increased capacity on the two Middle East – ECNA services, MECL1 and MECL2, which both call at Algeciras, and by improving West Med feeder connections to and from Algeciras.

It is recalled that the weekly capacity of MECL1 will have increased from 4,400 to 6,500 teu by the end of June, with the deployement of Maersk’s renewed US-flag fleet.

West Med ports will connect through following feeders:

Spain: Barcelona,Valencia, Algeciras;
Italy North loop: Genoa, La Spezia, Algeciras;
Italy South loop: Livorno, Salerno, Naples, Marsaxlokk, Algeciras;
France: Fos-sur-mer, Algeciras.

Meanwhile, Hapag-Lloyd is expected to step up from a slotter to a tonnage provider on the existing West Med – ECNA service, which will then be run with Hapah-Lloyd and CMA CGM vessels.

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