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Major lines continue service cancellation programmes

In connection with the upcoming summer slack season, Maersk has decided to make two suspensions of the ME1 service in weeks 30 and 32 out of Europe. However, the service will run in standard rotation in between.

The Danish carrier said that the port calls on the ME1 service will be covered on other services in its network.

The suspended ME1 vessels:

WeekServiceVesselVoyageFirst Load Port / DateLast Load Port / Date
Monte Verde
Felixstowe / 25 July 2020
Rotterdam / 3 August 2020
Susan Maersk
Felixstowe / 8 August 2020
Rotterdam / 17 August 2020

Alternative coverage for ME1 suspension

  • Felixstowe: Covered on AE1: Maersk Essen 030E and MSC Isabella 032E
  • Antwerp: Covered on AE7: Evelyn Maersk 030E and Elly Maersk 020E
  • Hamburg: Covered on AE7: Evelyn Maersk 030E and Elly Maersk 020E
  • Bremerhaven: Covered on AE1 and AE5: AE1 Maersk Essen 030E/Munkebo Maersk and MSC Isabella 032E/Manila Maersk
  • Wilhelmshaven: Transferred to next sailing
  • Rotterdam: Covered on AE1: Maersk Essen 030E and MSC Isabella 032E

There will be no or marginal impact on transit times for all destination ports currently served via ME1, except cargo to Jeddah for week 30 and 32 departure only:

  • Antwerp – Jeddah 18 days
  • Bremerhaven – Jeddah 17 days
  • Rotterdam – Jeddah 18 days
  • Felixstowe – Jeddah 24 days with alternative London Gateway AE7 or transferred to the next vessel

In addition, the 2M Alliance has announced the prolongation of the suspension of its TA4/NEUATL4 service until week 36, resulting in the blanking of all voyages on this service up to and including voyage 036W which was scheduled to depart Antwerp on 31 August.

Meanwhile, Hapag-Lloyd has announced it will revise its Mediterranean Service 3 (MD3) sailing schedule, reinstating their sailing departing Asia in week 31 as per below details:

The German shipping company has also changed the rotation of the South America - Asia / Loop 1 (AN1) service, which will call Puerto Angamos instead of Antofagasta, effective as from June 30 onwards.

Vessel Name                        Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) at Puerto Angamos

HMM BLESSING                                              010W 30 June
CAUTIN                                                         2022W 7 July
COCHRANE                                                    2024W 21 July
VALIANT                                                        2025W 28 July
CAUQUENES                                                  2027W 11 August
CISNES                                                         2028W 18 August
COPIAPO                                                       2029W 25 August

OOCL, the COSCO-owned company, has also published several adjustments on its Transpacific sailings, withdrawing additional sailings in July August.

Pacific China South 1 (PCS1)
Port rotation: Fuqing > Nansha > Yantian > Xiamen > Los Angeles > Fuqing
Void sailing from Fuqing on 28 July

Pacific North West 1 (PNW1)
Port rotation: Shekou > Hong Kong > Yantian > Kaohsiung > Vancouver > Seattle > Pusan > Kaohsiung > Shekou
Void sailing from Shekou on 25 July

East Coast China 2 (ECC2)
Port rotation: Qingdao > Ningbo > Shanghai > Pusan > Colon > Savannah > Charleston > Boston > New York > Colon > Qingdao
Void sailing from Qingdao on 11 August

Meanwhile, the below void sailing announced on June 5 will be restored:

Vietnam China Service (VCS)
Port rotation: Shanghai > Ningbo > Long Beach > Oakland > Lianyungang > Shanghai > Ningbo
Void sailing from Shanghai on 10 July​

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