Maersk Line and CMA CGM are in the process of revising the rotation and the round trip time of their joint Far East – West Africa operation, respectively branded as ‘FEW5’ by the Danish shipping line and as ‘WAX2’ by the French.
The two carriers seem to have finally agreed on the inclusion of a Walvis Bay call, which was first visited by the 2,732 teu HERMANN WULFF of Maersk on 4 August.
The addition of Namibia comes at the expense of the Cape Town stop, which should be dropped after a final call by the 3,398 teu STADT KÖLN of CMA CGM on 4 October. At the same time, the Colombo call is to be removed after a last visit on 17 September and the service’s rotation will be shortened from 70 to 63 days.
Following these modifications, the ‘FEW5’ or ‘WAX2’ will deploy a fleet of nine container vessels in the size range of 2,700 to 3,400 teu. Noteworthy for a West Africa service, all nine units are gearless vessels.
For Maersk, the inclusion of Walvis Bay into the ‘FEW5’ triggers further changes on the Far East – West Africa lane as the Namibia port is to be removed from the carrier’s ‘FEW1’.
In addition, on the ‘FEW1’ service, the present Lome call is to be replaced by Lagos (Tin Can Island) and the rotation of ‘FEW1’ thus becomes:
Tanjung Pelepas, Lagos (Tin Can Island), Onne, Douala, Cochin, Port Kelang, Tanjung Pelepas.