Danish shipping company Maersk has informed clients that, given the volatility of the situation in and around the Red Sea, wit would be making changes to its ME2 service, which for the time being would be diverted via the Cape of Good Hope (COGH).
The revised rotation will be Jebel Ali, UAE – Mundra, India – Jawaharlal Nehru, India – Port Tangier, Morocco – Algeciras, Spain – Salalah, Oman – Jebel Ali, UAE. This means the service will turn in the West Mediterranean and westbound calls to Salalah and Jeddah will be paused until further notice.
The first eastbound sailing to be affected by this change will be the Hong Kong-flagged, 2016-built, 113,042 gt Maersk Gibraltar, (IMO 9739692). Entered with NorthStandard, which will depart from Port Tangier on January 23rd. The first westbound sailing to be affected will depart from Salalah around February 4th.
The ports of Algeciras and Tangiers will be used for onward connections to northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Maersk is also adding a feeder for Valencia, Spain and Vado, Italy. Maersk’s hubs in Salalah and Jebel Ali will offer connections to remaining locations in the Middle East.
As of January 22nd the Maersk Gibraltar was en route from Port Said to Algeciras, Spain, ETA January 26th.