In addition to the Thailand-extension of Maersk Line’s and Safmarines ‘Mashariki’, it turns out that Maersk will lengthen a second Africa-related loop, which so far turned in the Singapore Straits, to Laem Chabang.
As of mid-July, the Danish carrier’s ‘Horn of Africa’ service will be extended to Laem Chabang and will thus become the first loop to offer a direct connection between Thailand and Port Sudan. In order to accommodate the extra steaming distance, the loop’s round trip time will be increased from 42 days to 49 days and a seventh ship will be added.
The revised rotation reads: Tanjung Pelepas, Jebel Ali, Djibouti, Jeddah, Port Sudan, Laem Chabang, Djibouti, Tanjung Pelepas. The new port of Laem Chabang will first be visited by the 3,604 teu NEDLLOYD AFRICA.