Maersk has announced changes to its services connecting Asia and Europe, with the enhancements aimed at further improving schedule reliability, enabling stable and reliable cargo deliveries to its customers on the world’s most comprehensive Asia-Europe Network.
The enhancements build on the Asia-Europe network changes in May 2018 which enabled Maersk to regain a market leading position on schedule reliability.
Johan Sigsgaard, Head of Europe Trade, A.P. Moller - Maersk, said: “To meet our customer’s increasing need for reliable cargo delivery, we have reviewed our service network and identified additional time to recover from the potential delays we continue to face from bad weather and other external factors.
“I am confident that these service changes will improve our overall schedule reliability, and I look forward to service our customers with this upgraded product.”
Operating the industry’s most comprehensive Asia-Europe Network, Maersk will enable extra operational buffer time from a net reduction of eight port calls in the network.
The reductions are achieved with minimal impact to product offerings – through combining duplicate calls and competitive transshipment options.
This will result in significantly improved schedule reliability, enabled by slightly prolonged, yet competitive transit times.
Further, a total of six extra vessels are added across the ten (10) service strings in the network, with weekly deployed capacity remaining unchanged due to slower vessel speeds.
Westbound sailings are scheduled to start in March 2019.
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