Maersk’s New Container Service To Link Middle East & Europe Markets

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Credits: Maersk

Maersk, the world’s leading maritime transport company, has announced the imminent launch of a new container service that will link Salalah and Duqm, among other regional ports, with European markets.

‘Al Maha’ service

The ‘Al Maha’ – an ocean service connecting the Middle East and Europe markets – will cover key ports in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Egypt, and Morocco effective from June this year, the integrated logistics giant said in a statement on Wednesday.

Omani importers and exporters operating out of the Port of Duqm, which has made significant investments in a new, full-fledged Container Terminal, and Port of Salalah, a well-established logistics hub on the Indian Ocean coast, stand to benefit from the new services.

In particular, the Al Maha service will help spur the growth of the fisheries sector in Duqm, according to Maersk.

Oman Vision 2040

Oman’s Vision 2040 focuses on economic diversification, including creating a world-class fisheries sector that is ecologically sustainable and a net contributor to the economy of Oman. The Al Maha service, with its enhanced capacity, will be in an excellent position to support the anticipated growth in fish exports out of Duqm. At the same time, it will continue to deliver unmatched reliability to Maersk’s customers,” the shipping giant said.

Bhavan Vempati, Head of Regional Ocean Management, Maersk Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and Africa, added: “Over the last few years, reliable and predictable supply chains that cater to the evolving consumer behaviours have emerged as the backbone of global trade. Having carefully studied our customers’ requirements arising out of the current market dynamics, we have designed the Al Maha service that will help our customers in driving value out of their supply chains.”

Around seven vessels were be deployed as part of ‘Al Maha’, offering a nominal capacity of 8,500 TEUs per week and rotating between Port Tangiers – Port Said – Jeddah – Salalah – Jebel Ali – Doha – Dammam – Jubail – Jebel Ali – Duqm – Salalah – Jeddah – Port Said – Port Tangiers.

Of late, Maersk has enhanced its footprint in Oman’s maritime transport and logistics sector, beyond its longstanding presence at Port of Salalah where Maersk-subsidiary APM Terminals is the largest single shareholder in the port operating company.

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Source: Maersk