Maersk Restructures its West Africa WAF Services
Maersk closes its transshipment hubs West Africa service WAF7. The last sailing of the service will be executed by the vessel HANSA OLDENBURG who will phase out on 23rd April. The service deployed 3 vessels on a 7 day frequency. It had an average service capacity of 1,700 TEU per week.
To ensure coverage of the port of Freetown, it will be added to the port rotation of Maersk’s WAF13 service. This service will also receive a new vessel in May, deploying a total of 4 vessels on a 7 day frequency and a 28 day-rotation. WAF 13 has an average service capacity of 2,475 TEU per week. The new call at Freetown will be first inaugurated by the vessel SAFMARINE NUBA on 28th April.
The port of Monrovia will be covered by the WAF1 service from 27th April onwards whilst Cotonou is withdrawn from the rotation. The port of Takoradi is added to the rotation as well and will be called in alteration with San Pedro. This new route will be inaugurated by the vessel JPO AQUARIUS on 17th April from Tanger Med. WAF1 currently deploys 6 vessels on a weekly frequency and has an average service capacity of 2,490 TEU per week.
The WAF5+ service undergoes some changes to its port rotation in May. The port call at Takoradi is withdrawn while Bissau is added to the port rotation. The new port call will be inaugurated by the vessel THOMAS MAERSK on 15th May. In addition to these changes, WAF5+ will phase a new vessel into the service in May. It will then deploy 4 vessels on a 14 day-frequency and a 56 day-rotation with an average weekly service capacity of 1,000TEU.
Maersk’s WAF9 service also experiences modifications to its port rotation, by introducing a call at Dakar to its rotation. This port will be first called by the vessel THUROE MAERSK on 12th April. Similarly as the WAF5+ service, WAF9 will also phase in a new vessel, deploying a total of 3 vessels as of mid-May. The service will run on a 14 day-frequency and a 42 day-rotation with an average service capacity of 700 TEU per week.
WAF7: Tanger Med - Algeciras - Monrovia - Freetown - Tanger Med
WAF13: Algeciras - Tanger Med - Dakar - Conakry - Freetown (new) - Dakar – Algeciras
WAF1: Tanger Med - Algeciras - Monrovia (new)- Abidjan - Onne - San Pedro (in alternance with Takoradi) - Takoradi (new) (in alternance with San Pedro) - Tanger Med
WAF5+: Tanger Med - Algeciras - Luanda - Lobito - Bissau (new) - Tanger Med
WAF9: Tanger Med - Lisbon - Leixoes - Algeciras - Dakar (new) - Mindelo - Porto Praia - Bissau - Tanger Med