In March this year, Maerk Line released an animation called ‘Network Management: The Big Picture’. About incorporating new tonnage, cascading ships from one service to the next, idling or redelivering assets. A topic which ‘is as relevant as ever since [Maersk] will be launching the world’s largest ships – the Triple-Es – […] in a weak market’, as the Danish carrier puts it.
In parallel to this release, Maersk took the decision to upgrade a US-bound service and to move part of its fleet under stars and stripes. A move that triggered a ‘great cascade’ which is affecting directly at least 10 services. The perfect case study.
Here is a story of network management:
- US flag ECNA – Middle East ‘MECL1’ boosted, Hanjin-HI-built Maersk-K-series (6,477 teu) reflagged to the USA.
- ENCA – Middle East ‘MECL2’ increases capacity, with ships redeployed from ‘MECL1’.
- Transatlantic ‘TA2’ increases capacity, with ships phasing-in from ‘MECL1’.
- Turkey – Subcontinent ‘ME3’ increases capacity with ships (IHI-built Sealand series and other panamaxes) phasing-in from ‘TA2’.
- South East Asia – East Africa ‘Horn of Africa’ increases capacity and is homogenized with ships (Nedlloyd Europa open top series) phasing in from ‘ME3’.
- Ships employed on ‘Horn of Africa’ are redeployed on smaller trades, redelivered or laid-up.
- Far East – South Africa ‘Safari’ incorporate newbuildings from Hyundai Samho shipyard and ships taken from the suspended Europe – Far East ‘AE9’.
- Med – Middle East ‘ME2’ boosted with Maersk Seletar-type (aka Baby-S-class) ships phasing-in from ‘Safari’.
- West Med – Subcontinent ‘ME4’ closes, as cargo is ensured through boosted ‘MEA’, ‘MECL1’ and ‘MECL2’, ships will be redeployed in ANZ after a refit at yard.
- Participation in Med – ECNA ‘Amerigo’ suspended, West Med feeder network modified.
- ‘Northern’ and ‘Southern’ stars revisited, five ships phasing in from ‘ME4’, five ships to be re-employed or redelivered.