After just one and a half months of slow steaming to skip sailing positions from Asia in October, the ocean carrier Maersk Line has once again speeded up two of its three weekly services between Asia and West Africa, decreasing roundtrip voyage time by one week on each loop, while adding a call in Luanda, Angola, to one.
Maersk added a call to Luanda on its FEW2 loop and decreased roundtrip voyage time from 91 days to 84 days, while simultaneously decreasing roundtrip voyage time from 77 days to 70 days on the FEW3 loop, which calls at Cape Town in addition to West Africa.
FEW2 transit times eastbound from West Africa to Asia have decreased by about seven days, now taking 24 days between Luanda and Maersk’s mega-regional hub in Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia. FW3 transit times westbound from Asia to West Africa have improved by about seven days as vessels will no longer slow steam one extra week between Cape Town, South Africa, and Pointe Noire, Congo, now taking 23 days from Tanjung Pelepas to Pointe Noire.
The most recent slowdowns (reported by American Shipper Sept. 7
) came just a few months after Maersk’s decision to slow both the FEW2 and its third weekly Asia-to-West Africa service, the FEW1, by one week each and increase capacity on the FEW3 by almost 24 percent (reported by American Shipper July 6
and June 14
). FEW3 is now jointly operated with CMA CGM.
The revised rotation of the now 12-ship average 4,122-TEUs FEW2 is Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Tanjung Pelepas, Walvis Bay, Apapa, Abidjan, Luanda, Tanjung Pelepas, Xiamen, Fuzhou, and Busan. Maersk’s subsidiary Safmarine continues to provide one of the 12 vessels.
The FEW3 service currently operates with 10 vessels (seven from Maersk, one from Safmarine, and two from CMA CGM), with an average capacity of 3,919 TEUs, and the rotation remains Yantian, Nansha, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Cape Town, Pointe Noire, Tema, Cape Town, and Yantian.
Maersk and CMA CGM now cooperate closely, with joint services in many trades, but the FEW3 remains the only cooperation in a direct service between Asia and West Africa. - ComPair Data
, Ben Meyer