Effective early July, Maersk Line is expected to cease slotting in the ‘MGX’ Med to US Gulf Express operated by Hapag-Lloyd. The Danish carrier’s participation will end with the eastbound trip of the 3,512 teu AKRITAS.
This move comes after Maersk Line withdrawn from the revised ‘Amerigo’/’MNX’ Transatlantic service on which Hapag-Lloyd is now deploying its own tonnage: the GENOA EXPRESS is the latest nomination of the German owner to the Med – ECNA service and she will be replaced on the Med – US Gulf by the 4,132 teu JPO PISCES, which Hapag-Lloyd recently chartered and which is to join the Hamburg based carrier’s fleet next week.
Maersk Line’s slot allocation on the ‘MGX’ was limited to certain ports pairs and Maersk slotted alongside CSAV, CCNI , Hamburg Süd and CMA CGM. The “MGX’ turns in seven weeks with seven ships and it calls at: Cagliari (at Hapag-Lloyd Med hub), Livorno, Genoa, Barcelona, Valencia, Savannah, Port Everglades, Veracruz, Altamira, Houston, New Orleans, Port Everglades, Cagliari.