Maersk to launch direct ocean service from Chennai to Europe

2021-07-23 16:51:42 Shipping News

Southern India 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, eight-vessel string

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 Ennore.

The itinerary design industry sources believe will significantly boost transit times and service reliability on the route.

The itinerary 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 region.

“Our customers 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.

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