Maersk Line this week revealed that the second of its ultra-large triple-E container vessels will join the carrier’s AE10 Asia Europe service at Busan on 12 of August. The ship will phase-in four weeks after the service entry of the series’ lead ship MAERSK MC-KINNEY MOLLER and it will take the place of the 9,661 teu BUTTERFLY, which Maersk sub-chartered from CMA CGM as a stand-in for the damaged EMMA MAERSK. In contrast to earlier reports, which suggested that MARY MAERSK would be the second triple-E to enter commercial service, the Danish carrier now shows MAJESTIC MAERSK as ship number two.
Furthermore, another interesting detail has been revealed: Maersk Line will follow Hamburg Süd’s recent example with the CAP SAN NICOLAS and send the MAERSK MC-KINNEY MOLLER to the Russian Far East for bunkering. Sending newbuilt ships from South Korea on an ‘extended sea trial’ to either Vladivostok or Vostochny to take advantage of lower-priced bunker fuels in Russia appears to be a new trend and seems to catch on. So it is not unlikely that the MAJESTIC MAERSK will follow down the same path in early August.
The maiden voyage of the MAJESTIC MAERSK will look as follows:
Busan 12/13 August, Kwangyang 13/14 August, Ningbo 15/16 August, Shanghai-Yangshan 17/18 August, Yantian 21/22 August, Tanjung Pelepas 25/26 August, Suez Canal Passage 06 September, Rotterdam 13/14 September, Bremerhaven 15/16 September, Gdansk 18/21 September, Aarhus 30 September, Gothenburg 01/02 October, Bremerhaven 03/04 October, Rotterdam 05/06 October, Tanger Med 10/12 October, Suez Canal Passage 17/18 October, Singapore 01/02 November.