October 1 – 7 Golden Week shutdown to cut Maersk A-E capacity 25pc
SHIPPING will withdrawn over the Ocober 1 -7 Golden Week holiday in China, with Maersk Line altering one of its Asia-Mediterranean services and Hapag-Lloyd amending its G6 Alliance Asia-North Europe service.
Service withdrawals represent one quarter of Maersk’s average weekly vessel capacity between China and northern Europe.
The service changes will see Maersk Line stopping two of its five strings on the Asia-North Europe trade lane from calling in China.
Maersk has cancelled calls at Chinese ports and Tanjung Pelepas on its AE20 service run together CMA CGM, to the Med in week 41 and week 43.
Maersk said service changes better match supply to demand in line with expected holiday factory output declines, reports Lloyd’s List.
Changes will affect the sailing of the 8,400-TEU Northern Jupiter in week 41 and the 8,400-TEU Maersk Sheerness in week 43.
In total, 22 services call in China before heading to the Mediterranean, although many of these calls are wayport stops on other trade lanes.
Hapag-Lloyd is withdrawing the Loop 4 service, part of the G6 Alliance offering, scheduled to sail from Ningbo on October 4.