In early July 2008, the AE5, AE7, AE2, and AE8 services will undergo minor changes in order to remove capacity from our network whilst improving cost efficiency. Thereby we reduce space by 2,000 FFE (forty-foot equivalent) per week whilst keeping all corridors served in the network.
AE5 and AE8
We will suspend the AE5 service and the AE8 will take over the coverage of Kaohsiung (Taiwan). The last AE5 call in Kaohsiung will be the Maersk Malacca on 5 July 2008. Thereafter the AE8 will serve this port.
The AE8 new rotation will be direct coverage from Shanghai (China), Ningbo (China), Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Yantian (China), and Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia) to Valencia (Spain), Dunkirk (France), Southampton (UK), Gothenburg (Sweden), Aarhus (Denmark), Bremerhaven (Germany), and Rotterdam (Netherlands).
We therefore improve connections by adding direct calls from Kaohsiung (Taiwan) to Valencia (Spain) and Northern Europe, as well as between Shanghai (China) and Valencia (Spain).
We will adjust the sailing speed of the AE7 service on the eastbound sailings as of 8 July 2008 when the Ella Maersk departs from Rotterdam (Netherlands).
By adding time to the schedule, we can include port calls in Tangiers (Morocco) and Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia) to provide the following port rotation: Rotterdam (Netherlands), Bremerhaven (Germany), Algeciras (Spain), Tangier (Morocco), Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia), and Yantian (China).
The westbound AE7 rotation is unchanged.
The AE2 will have a changed rotation in North China and Korea as follows: Busan (South Korea), Dalian (China), Xingang (China), Qingdao (China), Kwangyang (South Korea), Shanghai (China), Bremerhaven (Germany), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Felixstowe (UK), and Salalah (Oman).
The revised port rotation will offer our customers a reduction of four days in transit times between Kwangyang (South Korea) and ports in North Europe. Furthermore, cargo for Dalian, Xingang, and Qingdao (all in China) will arrive and depart one day earlier than our current schedule.
Given that our AE strings will continue to serve the same corridors as today, our customers will not experience any major changes.
Find more information on our revised sailing schedule and Maersk Line’s global network on maerskline.com.
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