20th March 2019
Maersk Line and MSC are to implement in the last week of March the changes to their 2M network of ten weekly Asia-Europe loops, first announced last December, with further details announced last week. The revised “ AE-1/Shogun “ and “AE-6/Lion “ services will be the two smallest of the six Asia-North Europe loops operated by 2M because of their Trans-Pacific extensions. Three of the six loops to North Europe will continue to be plied with “ megamaxes “, “ AE- 2/Swan ”, “ AE-5/Albatross “ and “AE-10/Silk”. The fleet of the “AE-7/Condor “service will consist of a mix of nominal capacity 14,000 to 17,800 TEU ships. The average capacity of the “ AE-1/Shogun “ will be reduced by 30 per cent from an average of from a nominal capacity of 18,070 TEUs in the first quarter to a nominal capacity of 13,400 TEUs from April onwards. Overall 2M weekly capacity on the Asia- North Europe route will be about 6,000 TEUs or 6 per cent lower in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year. The reduction will be partly offset by an increase in Asia-Med capacity but part of the additional capacity will be taken by ZIM so reports Alphaliner.