Further to the opening of a new intra-Baltic shuttle between Gdansk and Kaliningrad, Maersk Line is about to make further modifications to its Russia-Poland-Finland network:
1.) Two Bremerhaven – Baltic feeders are merged into a butterfly service:
– the three-week service calling Bremerhaven, Gdansk, Ust-Luga, St Petersburg, Gdansk, Kaliningrad, Gdansk, Helsinki, Kotka
– the two-week service calling Wilhelmshaven, Bremerhaven, St Petersburg and Kotka
are replaced by a single four-week butterfly service calling at:
Bremerhaven, Riga, Helsinki, Bremerhaven, Copenhagen, Gdansk, St Petersburg, Gdansk, Kotka, Bremerhaven.
This new service deploys four of the five ships so far assigned to the existing rotations: the three 1,683 teu sisters MAERSK VALLETTA, MAERSK VIGO and MAERSK VANCOUVER, as well as the 1,730 FESCO VLADIMIR, which is on charter to Maersk Line.
2.) The Intra Baltic service served by the 1,368 teu SÜDEROOG is extended to include Ust-Luga – which is dropped from the recombination above – and a second ship is added: the 1,368 teu BALKAN.
The new rotation reads as follows: Klaipeda, Gdansk, Tallinn-Muuga, Klaipeda, Gdansk, Ust-Luga, Riga, Klaipeda.
Overall, other than RUTH, no extra tonnage is added to the region.
Services from Bremerhaven to Finland and Bremerhaven to Poland and Latvia are unaffected by this reorganisation.