shippers have an opportunity to remediate long-running origin-to-destination
supply chain shortcomings with Maersk opening a direct North Europe routing out
of the region.
The shippers have
traditionally been dependent on foreign transshipping, which has lately become
a thorn in their side.
The carrier from early August will launch the ME7 — a weekly,
The carrier from
early August will launch the ME7 — a weekly, eight-vessel string — from the
Ennore port, near Chennai. The port rotation will be Ennore, Colombo, Salalah,
Algeciras, Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Jeddah, Salalah, Colombo, and
The itinerary design industry sources believe will significantly boost
transit times and service reliability on the route.
design suggests Maersk has a two-pronged strategy regarding India east coast
trade — gateway access via Ennore and relay options through Colombo, Salalah,
and Jeddah, which industry sources believe will significantly boost transit
times and service reliability on the route.
With that entry,
the liner is especially betting on Ennore’s volume potential centering on
automobile exports, retail demand, and other manufacturing sectors in the
deserve a predictable service that will allow them to plan their supply chains
better,” Bhavan Vempati, Maersk’s regional head of ocean management in West and
Central Asia, said in a statement. “With our redesigned ocean network, we are
not only providing our customers with predictability and resilience, but also
greater speed to market allowing them [to] optimize their inventories and
operations to meet the surge in demand with a competitive edge.”
ME7 is being positioned at a
time when IEX beset by void sailings and poor schedule reliability
Notably, the ME7 is being
positioned at a time when the South East India-Europe Express Service (IEX),
the only long-haul loader with sizeable capacity and expansive port reach for
trade out of the region at present, has been beset by void sailings and poor
schedule reliability. The IEX, a joint operation between Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean
Network Express (ONE), has suffered two blankings this month and is due to miss
one voyage next month, crimping shipper loading plans.