A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) announced several updates to its ocean shipping services between the Far East and Africa. Commencing from the first week of December, FEW2, FEW3, and FEW6 will have updated rotations. In addition to these, Cape Town Express, a new feeder service, will be introduced and be connected to the updated SAFARI service.
The new and updated ocean services have been designed with customers’ requirements in mind: seamless and reliable connection between the Far East and West Africa while delivering more comprehensive coverage and shorter transit times. South Africa, which is facing congestion, will get connected on a dedicated feeder service via Port Louis and be delinked from the FEW service in order to improve reliability and transit time.
“We are witnessing rapid growth in the African markets where not only is the higher consumption creating a more robust demand for goods, but it reflects resilience of African economy , In today’s market conditions, it has become imperative for us to deliver a resilient and reliable product to customers. Our ambition is to deliver a competitive advantage to our customers and be future-ready through all the changes we are announcing today.”
Bhavan Vempati, Head of Market, Maersk Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, and Africa
Updated FEW2 Service
Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas – Lome – Apapa – Onne – Cotonou – Singapore
The updated FEW2 service will ensure seamless and fast connections to and from the Far East via Tanjung Pelepas to African ports, with a clear focus on the Nigerian market.
The present FEW1 service will be discontinued. Coverage will be transferred to the FEW3 service, which will be upgraded to accommodate the former FEW1 requirements. The new and upgraded FEW3 service will connect all major ports in West Africa with all key ports in Asia.
The updated FEW6 service will focus on the main South West African ports with a new call to Kribi. A significant change to this service will be the delinking of Cape Town coverage to enable quicker transit times of up to seven days between the South West African ports and Asian ports. This will increase the overall reliability of the service to customers.
New Cape Town Express
Port Louis – Cape Town – Port Louis
With the removal of Cape Town from the FEW6, a brand-new service, the Cape Town Express, will be launched. The new service caters for consistent cargo movement between Port Louis and Cape Town. In Port Louis, there will be connectivity from and to Asia using the Safari service.
Updated SAFARI service
Shanghai – Ningbo – Shekou – Tanjung Pelepas – Port Louis – Durban – Port Louis – Tanjung Pelepas
The Safari service will add a Port Louis northbound coverage, providing a direct connection for the Cape Town exports, including reefers, to the Asian market using a combination of Cape Town Express and the Safari service.