MAERSK LINE revamps services linking US east coast ports and Mediterranean

By Curious

Biggest international shipping company, Maersk Line has stated a range of service changes that affect the routes from western Mediterranean and ports of the US east coast.
The last round trip for the current WestMed service is going to be the 4,360-TEU CC Jamaica from Malta-Marsaxlokk on 27th of May, 2013 that is going to rotate through Livorno, Genoa, Marseilles-Fos, Barcelona, Valencia, Tangier, Newark, Norfolk, Virginia, Savannah, Algeciras and back to Malta-Marsaxlokk on 7th of July, 2013.
The new rotation is going to consist of a dedicated country feeder coverage that is going to link to the MECL1 and MECL2 services in Algeciras. It is going to offer a thirteen-day transit from Genoa to Newark and an 18-day transit from Newark to Livorno on the following rotation: Algeciras, Barcelona, Valencia and back to Algeciras.
The new service of Maersk Line is going to be served with 7 ships in the 6,500-TEU range and is going to be phased in on 27th of May, 2013 at Jebel Ali, with the current 5,500-TEU Nedlloyd Tasman and the 6,500-TEU Maersk Semakau departing Jebel Ali on 3rd of June, 2013.
The ME4 Maersk Line's service ships are going to start its phasing out in Jebel Ali from 25ft of May, 2013 onwards, starting with the 4,500-TEU Leda Maersk, but is not going to continue to Europe. The 4,258-TEU Luna Maersk is going to be the last ship of the ME4 service of Maersk that is going to phase out at Jebel Ali on 28th of June, 2013.
Maersk isalso going to expand its ME3 service by adding 6 bigger ships of panamax size with more reefer plugs. These upgraded ships are going to phase in starting May 30, 2013 on an eastbound call at Jebel Ali.
The ME3 port rotation is remaining the same: Pipavav, Hazira, Nhava Sheva, Jebel Ali, Salalah, Port Said, Mersin, Ambarli, Izmit Korfezi, Port Said, Jeddah; Jebel Ali and back to Pipavav.
Maersk is also going to extend its CRX service to include St Petersburg and Kotka, Finland, to offer direct service from Central America, the Caribbean, Russia and to the Baltic ports in summer. The 1st ship call is going to be in St Petersburg on 21st of May, 2013 with the 2,556-TEU Thekla Schulte.