At the end of this month, Maersk-Seago will dissolve its current Port Said-based butterfly loop into two separate fortnighly feeders which also trade on butterfly patterns. Together, these will insure weekly coverage of a number of key ports (Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Beirut), as well as fortnightly service to the remaining ports (Mersin, Iskenderun, Izmir).
The existing butterfly service alternates between a Turkish and a Greek wing and it calls at: Port Said, Mersin, Iskenderun, Port Said, Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Port Said. The service deploys the 1,373 teu MAERSK TORINO and the 1,092 teu ALEXANDER MAERSK on a 14-day round trip.
The revised pattern creates the two following ‘new’ services, each of which will trade on 14-day cycles:
- Operated by the MAERSK TORINO: Port Said, Beirut, Mersin, Iskenderun, Port Said, Beirut, Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Port Said.
- Operated by the ALEXANDER MAERSK: Port Said, Izmir, Port Said, Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Port Said.
United Feeder Services will take slots on the Port Said-Beirut link.