Maersk to withdraw biggest vessels from Hamburg

Following its announcement four weeks agao that it was reviewing its Asia-Europe network, Maersk has announced that its biggest container vessels (18,000-20,000 TEU) vessels will no longer call Hamburg.

In another move, Maersk is relocating Hamburg Süd’s CAP SAN vessels calls from HHLA CTB to Eurogate CTH.

Newbuilding MUMBAI MAERSK (20,000 TEU) was the last such vessel in Hamburg and in future Maersk will call Hamburg with its 15,550 TEU Emma class vessels.

Congestion in ports and weather conditions have affected the reliability of the Asia-Europe services, said a Maersk spokesperson. Removing Hamburg from the string of the biggest ships improves the buffer in schedule plans, making it easier to smooth disruptions and minimise the negative effects on container handling performance in Hamburg.

“The port of Hamburg will still be served by our 2M partner with mega vessels in the new schedule,” said Janina von Spalding of Maersk Line, in a reference to MSC. “We will ship containers on their very large vessels. Nothing will change as regards the number of containers moved.”

At the same time Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg (CTH), which has suffered from losses of customers and volumes, will be getting a new customer as Hamburg Süd switches its Cap San vessels from HHLA ‘s Burchardkai Container Terminal to the CTH.

The first vessel to be dispatched at CTH will be CAP SAN RAPHAEL (9,600 TEU), which is operated in the line’s SAEC 1 service.


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