Effective mid-November, two of Maersk Line’s Algeciras and Tanger based Med to West Africa slings will see changes to their respective port rotations.
- ‘WAF1’: Tema and Libreville will be removed, with Onne and San Pedro to be added. The revised rotation stands as follows: Tanger Med, Algeciras, Abidjan, Pointe Noire, Onne, San Pedro, Tanger Med. The service will continue to offer weekly sailings with six vessels on a 42-day roundtrip.
- ‘WAF3’: Onne, Takoradi and San Pedro will be removed, with Tema to be added. The revised rotation stands as follows: Tanger Med, Algeciras, Lagos (calls at Tincan and Apapa), Tema, Tanger Med. After the changes, the weekly service will turn in 35 days instead of 42, with its fleet accordingly cut by one ship.
The port of Tema thus moves from the ‘WAF1’ to the ‘WAF3’, while Onne and Sand Pedro move from the ‘WAF3’ to the ‘WAF1’. Libreville, which is cut from the ‘WAF1’ without being added to the ‘WAF3’ will lose one weekly frequency, but remains covered by Maersk’s ‘WAF2’.
An alternative coverage of Takoradi has not been announced so far. Other shipping lines without direct coverage of Takoradi, including Hapag-Lloyd and Zim, have started to serve the port via slots in the intra Ghana feeder of local operator AICS. This service was launched in April.