Maersk stops Chennai-US direct service.
Maersk Line's direct mainline service, MECL2, to the US East Coast from Chennai port ended last week. The final call of the weekly service was just short of its loading capacity from Chennai due to the "flash strike' called by the trailer drivers and cleaners that affected entry of export boxes into the port. ?MECL2 could be short of 50-60 boxes. It just managed to scrape through as most of the containers came into the terminal before the strike started. The vessel usually carries around 2,000 containers from Chennai. In its final call in the MECL2 service, the vessel was supposed to carry 1,600 boxes but was short of a few boxes,? sources said.
?If the strike had started a day before, the export boxes for Maersk would not have reached the port on time ,? the sources said.
MECL 2 is South India's only direct weekly service to the US East Coast. It was launched in March 2007 to serve the main ports on the East Coast of the US, namely Newark, Savannah and Houston.
It provides a direct coverage from Chennai to the US East Coast and improves transit from other South and East India locations over Colombo transhipment.