The DP World Southampton has been included as part of the re-configuration of 2M rotations (with alliance partner MSC). Having retained a Felixstowe stop, the Asia-Europe AE9 service will call in Southampton and in Mediterranean ports along the route.
Meanwhile, the CMA CGM deal, which covered Southampton for Maersk, has been ended. Furthermore, the 2M partners are in process of terminating vessel sharing agreements with other carriers.
According to sources of Lloyd's List, the decision of Maersk to add Southampton to the rotation came after requests from customers.
In 2015, Maersk will offer six Asia-north Europe services. Four of those will call into the UK with port of Felixstowe included in all and DP World Southampton in one.
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