Maersk Diverts ME2 Service Via Cape Of Good Hope

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In response to the volatile situation in and around the Red Sea/Gulf of Aden, Maersk is prioritizing the safety of seafarers, vessels, and shippers’ cargo. Changes to the ME2 service have been outlined to enhance predictability and reliability in this challenging environment, says an article published on maritime gateway website.

Summary

  • In response to the volatile situation in and around the Red Sea/Gulf of Aden, Maersk is diverting its ME2 service via the Cape of Good Hope (COGH).
  • The revised rotation will include Jebel Ali, UAE – Mundra, India – Jawaharlal Nehru, India – Port Tangier, Morocco – Algeciras, Spain – Salalah, Oman – Jebel Ali, UAE.
  • Westbound calls to Salalah and Jeddah will be paused until further notice, with the service turning in the West Mediterranean.
  • The first eastbound sailing affected by this change will be the Maersk Gibraltar, departing from Port Tangier on January 23, 2024. The first westbound sailing affected will depart from Salalah around February 4, 2024.

Service Diversion Via Cape Of Good Hope

For the time being, the ME2 service will be diverted via the Cape of Good Hope (COGH). The revised rotation will include Jebel Ali, UAE – Mundra, India – Jawaharlal Nehru, India – Port Tangier, Morocco – Algeciras, Spain – Salalah, Oman – Jebel Ali, UAE. Westbound calls to Salalah and Jeddah will be paused until further notice, with the service turning in the West Mediterranean.

Impact On Sailing Schedule

The first eastbound sailing affected by this change will be the Maersk Gibraltar, departing from Port Tangier on January 23, 2024. The first westbound sailing affected will depart from Salalah around February 4, 2024.

Mitigating Disruption And Onward Connections

To minimize disruptions to businesses, Algeciras and Tangiers ports will be used for onward connections to northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Additionally, a feeder for Valencia, Spain, and Vado, Italy, will be added. Hubs in Salalah and Jebel Ali will continue to offer connections to other locations in the Middle East.

These adjustments aim to ensure the safety of operations and provide a reliable supply chain amidst the challenging conditions in the Red Sea/Gulf of Aden region.

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Source: maritime gateway

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