Maersk has announced improvements to its network between Europe and the Middle East & Indian Subcontinent (West Central Asia). The aim is to enhance reliability while building a network that helps customers with more resilient and agile supply chains.
The updated network will connect more cargo via the Maersk hub in Colombo (Sri Lanka), allowing customers to consolidate shipments from different origins and better connect their cargo from both Asia and West Central Asia.
“To meet changing customer needs, we have reviewed our service network and identified opportunities to create new solutions for how we connect Europe and the Middle East & Indian Subcontinent region. Through increased flexibility and connectivity these changes will offer new, interesting ways for our customers to connect their supply chains both from an import and export perspective,” said Johan Sigsgaard, Head of Europe and Middle East Trades at Maersk.
The North Europe and West Mediterranean regions will be served via Maersk’s AE1 and AE7 services which offer a direct connection with Salalah (Oman) and Colombo. As a result of the changes, the ME1 service will be suspended without impacting the network’s capacity. This will also reduce the need for ad-hoc blankings in times of volatile demand, which will provide greater supply chain predictability on these routes going forward.