Maersk Line Launches New Service Connecting West Africa and the Mediterranean
The world’s largest container liner, Maersk Line, launches a new service connecting West Africa and the Mediterranean. Maersk thereby follows the French liner CMA CGM who has already announced to take slots on a West Africa to Mediterranean service. Please see our related article Follow-up for The Equatorial Guinea Service – CMA CGM takes slots.
As of March 13th, CONSTANTIN S will be the first vessel to sail the new service. Maersk already named four vessels which will be deployed on the service. Additionally, two further vessels might be deployed, but they are yet to be named. Maersk already covers the ports in Malabo and Bata through its Intra West Africa service. With the new direct connection to the Mediterranean trans- shipment hubs, the continuity of this service is questioned.
West Med hubs-West Africa: Algeciras - Tanger Med - Pointe Noire - Libreville - Malabo (in alter- nance with Bata) - Bata (in alternance with Malabo) – Algeciras