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Maersk – Seago opens seasonal Levant – Black Sea service

Maersk – Seago has re-opened its seasonal Levant – Black Sea service, a loop which is – among others – aimed at citrus fruit and other agricultural products.

The loop which was suspended in late May re-opens today with a first sailing of the 1,155 teu ORKUN KALKAVAN from Mersin. After a single inaugural round voyage, the vessel is to be replaced by the MAERSK ARUN, who will sail alongside the 968 teu BOTTENVIK, so far employed by BG Freight.

The rotation reads as follows: Mersin, Ashdod, Novorossiysk, Mersin.

In parallel, Maersk has already strengthened its seasonal coverage from Morocco to Russia with two dedicated services ensuring Agadir – St Petersburg links.


BG Freight suspends intra-Iberia service and slots on Unifeeder

BG Freight Line, a subsidiary of the UK’s Peel Ports Group, is to suspend its weekly intra-Iberia service, so far run with the 868 teu vessels BERIT and BOTTENVIK.

At the same time, the Rotterdam-based operator is to take slots allocations on the Spain-related services of Unifeeder. The Danish short sea and feeder line had recently opened a number of new services in the Western Med and along the southwest European Atlantic coast, centered on the Gibraltar Straits hub port of Algeciras.

BG Freight will offer following coverage:

  • Algeciras, Vigo, Bilbao, Algeciras
  • Algeciras, Lisbon, Leixoes, Algeciras

The BOTTENVIK has been chartered by Maersk Line Seago for the Levant – Black Sea ‘Citrus’ season.

Week 43 at a glance

DSME delivers EEE-type number four: MARIE MAERSK (18,270 teu)

Vladimir Tonic

EEE-4 at Okpo, scheduled to sail to bunker in Russia on 27 October / Credit: Vladimir Tonic

Maersk Line is to take delivery this week of the 18,270 teu MARIE MAERSK from South Korea’s DSME shipyard. The vessel is the fourth unit in the carrier’s series of 20 ultra-large triple-E container ships and it will phase into Maersk’s ‘AE10’ Far East to Europe and Baltic Sea service, where it is to replace the 15,500 teu EUGEN MAERSK.

Before phase-in, the ship will perform a bunkering trip to Vostochniy to take advantage of the lower prices of heavy fuel oil in the Russian Northeast.

In the EEE-type series, the MARIE MAERSK follows the MARY MAERSK, delivered in early September.

The MARIE MAERSK is 399.00 m long and 59.00 m (23 rows) wide. The ship is powered by a fully redundant twin-engine, twin-propeller and twin-rudder propulsion system. Two MAN B&W 8S80ME-C 9.2 engines, each fitted with an exhaust gas economizer, provide an MCR of 29,680 kW per unit and drive the ship at a moderate service speed of 22 knots. The EEE-series’ reefer capacity has not been disclosed but it is estimated at around 1,800 units.

Maersk adds Florida to Centram loop through slots on Simatech USA

Maersk Line will add a new weekly link from Florida to Central America to its portfolio. As of 7 November, the carrier will begin to buy slots on the Miami to Santo Tomas and Puerto Cortes loop of Simatech USA and market them under the name ‘Baktun Service’.

Launched in July, the Simatech loop has therewith attracted its fourth slot partner, as Maersk follows in the footsteps of Zim, Hapag-Lloyd and Evergreen.

The service deploys the 1,083 teu ship STADT RENDSBURG, which was recently sold and which is to be renamed BOSTON TRADER.

Simatech USA is a newly founded US-registered company. It is liked to Simatech, the Dubai-headquartered Middle East regional carrier.

Week 42 at a glance

P3 alliance setup unveiled

After weeks of speculation over the possible structure of the P3 alliance’s joint mainline network, the Mediterranean Shipping Company has taken the lead and unveiled the carrier group’s proposed east-west core services. Subject to regulatory approval, the new joint network is to be implemented in the first quarter of 2014.

The P3 alliance will see the word’s three largest shipping lines, Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM, forge a close-cooperation on all major east-west trade lanes. While the carriers will continue to compete with each other over cargo and while they will independently price and market their services, they will enter into a close cooperation as far as schedules and capacity sharing are concerned.

A joint vessel coordination centre is to be established at London, from where the new joint services are to be managed.

The P3 alliance’s loop network will look as follows (using MSC service names):

Far East to Northern Europe – 8 weekly services

  • Albatros
  • Lion
  • Shogun
  • Condor
  • Swan
  • Baltic
  • Skaw
  • Silk

Far East to Med and Black Sea – 5 weekly services

  • Dragon
  • Jade
  • Tiger
  • Phoenix
  • Great Sea

Far East to US West Coast – 5 weekly services

  • Pearl
  • Eagle
  • Jaguar
  • New Orient
  • Sunrise

Far East to US East Coast – 4 weekly services

  • Empire
  • America
  • Atlantic
  • Everglades

Northern Europe to North America – 3 weekly services

  • US-North Atlantic
  • US-Mexico South Atlantic
  • US Gulf

Med to North America – 2 weekly services

  • Medusa
  • MedGulf