Seago Line, the Intra Europe specialist of the Maersk Group, is to suspend its seasonal service between Israel and Russia, at the end of May.
The Ashdod – Novorossiysk shuttle opened in November 2012, as part of a northern hemisphere winter program under which a number of fast reefer loops are established. The loop originally served Mersin, which was dropped in late February.
Two ships have been deployed on this rotation: the 868 teu ANGELA and the 997 teu VEGA AQUILA, which are expected to be redelivered to their respective owners.
This follows the recent suspension of the ‘sister’ loop run by CMA CGM (read: East Med Citrus services come to a halt).
MSC maintains direct Israel-Russia Black Sea services, alongside Zim who operates the 1,702 teu ODESSA STAR and the 1,296 teu WARNOW PORPOISE on its ‘BSX’ service.