As of week 46 in November 2008, we will:
?Temporarily remove our AE8 service. Thereby we adjust our Asia - Northern Europe capacity to match current demand levels and remove 7,600 TEU per week from our network
?Link our AE1 and AE10 services to accommodate AE8 port calls without loss of service connections
?Adjust our Asia ? Mediterranean services - AE3, AE6 and AE11 - to widen our range of direct port combinations between Asia and the Mediterranean
The changes are made in light of the challenging market conditions.
?The current Asia ? Europe market is characterised by unsustainable rate levels. The changes will support our market position and ensure that our network is sustainable in the long term. Thereby we can continue to offer our customers an extensive and reliable service network in the Asia ? Europe trade,? says Robert Kledal, Vice President and Head of Product Management for Maersk Line.
The temporary suspension of the AE8 service and the extension of the direct services between Asia and the Mediterranean are in line with network adjustments carried out earlier in the year.
?We are continuously optimising our network and looking for ways to make our operations more cost effective and competitive. We believe that the changes we announce today show that it is possible to adjust capacity and in the same time maintain and even expand our service level and coverage,? concludes Robert Kledal.
Overview of service changes
(CN=China, DE=Germany, DK=Denmark, EG=Egypt, ES=Spain, FR=France, IT=Italy, JP=Japan, LK=Sri Lanka, KR=South Korea, MO=Morocco, MY=Malaysia, SE=Sweden, TR=Turkey)
The service will temporarily be removed. We will continue to follow trade developments and assess when the service is to be reinstated. AE8 port calls will be moved to our other services as below:
?Aarhus (DK) ? change to AE10
?Hamburg (DE) ? continue on AE1
?Dunkirk (FR) ? change to AE10
?Gothenburg (SE) ? change to AE10
?Valencia (ES) ? change to AE6
AE1 / AE10
Services will be linked and expanded into Scandinavia to ensure no gaps from the AE8 suspension. Berthing times in Japan and Northern Europe (AE1) and China to UK and Belgium (AE10) will be unchanged from now.
AE1 rotation: Kobe (JP), Nagoya (JP), Shimizu (JP), Yokohama (JP), Yantian (CN), Nansha (CN), Tanjung Pelepas (MY), Le Havre (FR), Rotterdam (NL), Southampton (UK) Hamburg (DE), Tangier (MO), Singapore (SG) Hong Kong (HK) ? to AE10 schedule in Taiwan.
AE10 rotation: Kaohsiung (TW), Ningbo (CN), Shanghai (CN), Yantian (CN), Hong Kong (HK), Tanjung Pelepas (MY), Port Said (EG), Felixstowe (UK), Zeebrugge (BE), Dunkerque (FR), Gothenburg (SE), Aarhus (DK), Bremerhaven (DE), Rotterdam (NL), Singapore (SG) ? to AE1 schedule in Japan.
First AE1 vessel westbound: Maersk Sana, 8 November, Kobe. First AE1 vessel eastbound: Maersk Sana, 1 December, Le Havre
First AE10 vessel westbound: Maersk Stepnica, 11 November, Ningbo. First AE10 vessel eastbound: Maersk Stepnica, 9 December, Felixstowe
We will add a ninth vessel to the service for additional operational contingencies in the Black Sea ports and two new calls at Qingdao (CN) and Yantian (CN).
AE3 rotation: Xingang (CN), Dalian (CN), Qingdao (CN), Busan (KR), Ningbo (CN), Yantian (CN), Tanjung Pelepas (MY), Port Said (EG), Ambarli (TR), Constanta (RO), Ilyichevsk (UA), Port Said (EG), Singapore (SG)
First vessel westbound: Nedlloyd Mercator, 12 November, Xingang. First vessel eastbound: Nedlloyd Mercator, 13 December, Ambarli.
Two new ports - Valencia (ES) and Tangier (MO) - will be added to the AE6 service, resulting in the following port rotation: Yokohama (JP), Nagoya (JP), Shanghai (CN), Ningbo (CN), Hong Kong (HK), Yantian (CN), Tanjung Pelepas (MY), Port Kelang (MY), Port Said (EG), Barcelona (ES), Valencia (ES), Algeciras (ES), Tangier (MO), Colombo (LK), Tanjung Pelepas (MY), Yantian (CN), Hong Kong (HK)
The enhancements to this service will benefit our customers through direct calls from Asia into Valencia and Tangier.
The AE6 service will remain in pendulum with our Transpacific service TP6.
First vessel westbound: Arnold Maersk, 12 November, Yokohama. First vessel eastbound: Arnold Maersk, 12 December, Barcelona.
We will enhance our services to Italy and Southern France with improved transit times to Genoa (IT) and Fos sur Mer (FR). We will also offer a new call from Fuzhou (CN) to Mediterranean ports. The current AE11 call at Algeciras (ES) will be moved to the AE6 service.
AE11 rotation: Qingdao, (CN), Busan (KR), Shanghai (CN), Fuzhou (CN), Xiamen (CN), Kaohsiung, (TW), Hong Kong (CN), Yantian (CN), Tanjung Pelepas (MY), Port Said (EG), Gioia Tauro (IT), Genoa (IT), Fos sur Mer (FR), Gioia Tauro, (IT), Jeddah (SA), Singapore (SG), Shanghai (CN).
First vessel westbound: Maersk Surabaya, 12 November, Qingdao. First vessel eastbound: Maersk Surabaya, 16 December, Genoa.
Source: Maersk Line