Global container logistics leader A.P. Moller – Maersk announced improvements made to its network between Europe and the Middle East & Indian Subcontinent (West Central Asia) in a bid to enhance reliability and flexibility while offering customers additional flexibility to move cargo between different markets, without impacting the capacity.
The updated network will connect more cargo via the Maersk hub in Colombo (Sri Lanka), facilitating consolidation among customers from different origins, thereby enabling better connection to cargo from both Asia and West Central Asia. Furthermore, by linking Middle East stronger to Maersk key hubs in Europe, the changes provide customers additional flexibility and agility to move cargo between different markets.
“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.”~ Johan Sigsgaard, Head of Europe and Middle East Trades at A.P. Moller – Maersk
Maersk’s AE1 and AE7 services which offer a direct connection with Salalah (Oman) and Colombo will serve the North Europe and West Mediterranean regions. As a result of the changes, the ME1 service will be suspended without impacting the capacity in the network. 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.
Maersk’s mobile app witnessed large scale adoption in the last few months especially among the Indian customers. Maersk’s mobile application allows its customers to book cargo, get instant confirmations, track shipments and carry out a host of other actions from the convenience of their remote locations