• ITVI.USA
    15,378.070
    -88.350
    -0.6%
  • OTLT.USA
    2.743
    0.001
    0%
  • OTRI.USA
    20.820
    0.290
    1.4%
  • OTVI.USA
    15,350.040
    -89.040
    -0.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    3.280
    -0.020
    -0.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.190
    0.050
    1.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.560
    -0.030
    -1.9%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    3.420
    0.090
    2.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    2.220
    0.050
    2.3%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    4.080
    0.000
    0%
  • WAIT.USA
    126.000
    1.000
    0.8%
  • ITVI.USA
    15,378.070
    -88.350
    -0.6%
  • OTLT.USA
    2.743
    0.001
    0%
  • OTRI.USA
    20.820
    0.290
    1.4%
  • OTVI.USA
    15,350.040
    -89.040
    -0.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    3.280
    -0.020
    -0.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.190
    0.050
    1.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.560
    -0.030
    -1.9%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    3.420
    0.090
    2.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    2.220
    0.050
    2.3%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    4.080
    0.000
    0%
  • WAIT.USA
    126.000
    1.000
    0.8%
American Shipper

Maersk Asia/Europe loop on long-term Suez bypass

Maersk Asia/Europe loop on long-term Suez bypass

It appears that a temporary plan by Maersk Line to route the biggest containerships in its fleet around the tip of Africa on the eastbound leg of one of its Asia/Europe services is moving towards permanent.

   The Danish liner carrier has continued to sail its Emma Maersk-class vessels deployed on the line’s AE7 service around the Cape of Good Hope, according to research from American Shipper sister company ComPairData.

   The service now has a 70-day round-trip voyage, sailing direct from Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Zeebrugge and Algeciras via the Cape of Good Hope non-stop to Yantian, said Francis Phillips of ComPairData.

   “The Zeebrugge-Yantian transit is a fairly leisurely 33 days, 29 from Algeciras,” Phillips said, noting that Maersk initially hinted the round-the-cape route would be on “quiet season trial-only basis.”

   The rest of the rotation on the service in Asia is Yantian, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Hong Kong and Yantian, then back via Suez in 17 days non-stop to Algeciras, and on to Rotterdam. The service uses 10 ships with a nominal capacity of up to 14,800 TEUs, though Maersk has said that the Emma Maersk-class vessels have an operating capacity, based on high-weight boxes, which is closer to 11,000 TEUs.

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