Maersk Line is to re-instate this month the seasonally-suspended Baltic Sea extension of its Central America – Mexico – North Europe service ‘CRX’. Unlike last year, the reefer-heavy loop will not only resume calls in Russia, but also add a Finish port for the first time.
The 2,556 teu THEKLA SCHULTE just started the first eastbound voyage under the revised schedule. The ship has left Veracruz on 20 April and it is to reach Europe on 13 May. Following calls at Cork, Tilbury, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven, the THEKLA SCHULTE and will sail north-east to St Petersburg and Kotka where she is expected in late May.
The ‘summer time’ extension of the service implies a two-week increase of the rotation and two 2,500 vessels are expected to join the service’s fleet.
St Petersburg was added last year at about the same time in the year (first call June 15) and was suspended in December.
The addition of Kotka will make Maersk Line the only carrier to offer a direct link between Finland and Latin America.
In addition to the ‘CRX’ and its seasonal extension into the Baltic, Maersk Line also maintains a year-round connection to Russia with its ‘Ecubex’ service, which links St Petersburg to West Coast South America via the Caribbean. The ‘Ecubex’ service employes a fleet of 1A-ice classed ships and can therefore maintain the Baltic link throughout the year.