MOL, Hapag-Lloyd and Zim are to modify their joint North Europe to West Africa – Service over the course of July, with the removal of the Thamesport call and of the northbound call at Antwerp.
The service currently employs six ships in the 2,135 to 2,732 teu capacity range. Three vessels are contributed by MOL (‘ARN’), while Hapag-Lloyd (‘WAX’) brings in two ships and Zim (‘NAF’) one.
The weekly service presently turns in 42 days along the following rotation: Hamburg, Thamesport, Antwerp, Algeciras, Dakar, Tema, Abidjan, Antwerp, Hamburg.
Thamesport is to be last visited on 1 July by the 2,468 teu BUXLINK. The final northbound call at Antwerp is scheduled to take place on 17 June.
In addition to the removal of the two calls, ships on the loop are to be slowed down, with one round trip to be skipped in July. Whether the slowing-down and the service gap are to remain premanent changed has yet to be seen.
The revised rotation reads: Hamburg, Antwerp, Algeciras, Dakar, Tema, Abidjan, Hamburg.
With the removal of the service’s UK call, the port of Thamesport will loose its only direct link to West Africa.