Maersk to change 2 transatlantic rotations
Maersk Line said this week it will amend the rotations of two transatlantic services in late September and early October.
The Danish liner carrier's TA2 service will from Sept. 29 omit calls to Mobile and switch the order of calls at Miami and Houston. The service has called at Miami before Houston westbound, but the new rotation will be Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Bremerhaven, Newark, Charleston, Savannah, Houston, Miami, Norfolk and Rotterdam.
The service is operated with five Maersk ships averaging 4,050 TEUs, according to American Shipper affiliate ComPair Data.
Maersk will also shuffle the rotation on its WestMed, with it runs in tandem with CMA CGM (which calls it Amerigo Express). The service, from Oct. 4, will call Miami before Savannah westbound. The service has called at Savannah first.
Maersk said the change is being made 'to reduce transit time from Savannah to the Mediterranean. This will also result in a shorter transit time from the Mediterranean to Miami.'
The new rotation will be Malta, Gioia Tauro, Livorno, Genoa, Marseilles Fos, Algeciras, Newark, Norfolk, Miami, Savannah, Algeciras and Malta. The service is operated with six ships (three each from Maersk and CMA CGM) with an average capacity of 3,016 TEUs, according to ComPair Data. Maersk-owned Safmarine is a slot buyer on the service.