Advisories

Southern Africa – Europe Service change

17 June 2020

In relation to our earlier announcement (here) and given the current congestion in Cape Town Terminal, Maersk has endeavored to make proactive adjustments to our Europe service to ensure we continue to provide a best in class coverage and reliability as required by our customers in South Africa. As a result, both SAECS and WAF1 services will change rotations to adjust to the new operational conditions.

The SAECS main string will stop calling Cape Town and will provide a weekly coverage for Durban and Port Elizabeth ports to Europe. In addition, the WAF1, currently dedicated to the Eastern Cape market, will become a dedicated Cape Town to Europe Shuttle. Basis customer demand we will further deploy additional feeders from CPT, for onward transit to Europe.

We believe this plan is the best solution available basis current port and market situation, however, we fully understand that the dynamics of the port situation in South Africa will likely continue to change constantly. Thus, for the remainder of the citrus season, Maersk will continually (every week) re-evaluate our product to ensure it meets our customer needs. We feel our current deployment, assets and capabilities give Maersk the following operational agility to do so

  • Two ocean services calling South Africa and Europe (WAF1 and SAECS) - allows us to better isolate a particular port and better ensure schedule reliability
  • Comprehensive feedering capacity along the South Africa coast – we have deployed additional geared feeder vessels which allow us more choices in terms of loading your cargo faster and also agility to call different terminals (berthing faster)
  • Comprehensive feedering capacity in Europe – If cargo does arrive late in Europe due to port delays, for most destinations, we have multiple feedering options to ensure your cargo arrives at destination with minimized delays.

The new vessel service rotations will be

  • SAECS Rotation: Durban – Port Elizabeth (PECT) – Algeciras – Rotterdam – London Gateway – Bremerhaven – Rotterdam – Algeciras – Walvis Bay – Port Elizabeth (Coega) - Durban
  • WAF1 Rotation: Cape Town – Port Tangiers – Algeciras – Cape Town

The deployment changes will provide the following benefits

  • Without Cape Town on the SAECS rotation but still deploying the same number of vessels, we expect that we will have enough buffer to ensure timely arrival in Europe and reduce any omissions or serious delays in European ports, while at the same time considerably improving the transit time from Durban.
  • With a direct sailing from Cape Town to Algeciras, we aim to provide a dedicated and reliable service to this market with a fast transit time into the Mediterranean. Cargo to North Europe and Russia will tranship in Algeciras with minimal impact to transit time.
  • Algeciras continues to be an integral part of our network and will not be omitted on either service to ensure the required connections.

The first sailings under this new set-up will be the following

Service Vessel Voyage DURBAN PORT ELIZABETH CAPE TOWN
Service
SAECS
Vessel
MOL PROFICIENCY
Voyage
203B
DURBAN
June 24th, 2020
PORT ELIZABETH
June 30th, 2020
CAPE TOWN
Service
WAF1
Vessel
LANA
Voyage
023N
DURBAN
PORT ELIZABETH
CAPE TOWN
June 28th, 2020

In addition, as we aim to minimize the impact to our customers’ supply chain and provide schedule integrity as far as possible, the following schedules will apply for the vessels prior to the MOL PROFICIENCY and LANA

Service Vessel Voyage DURBAN PORT ELIZABETH CAPE TOWN
Service
SAECS
Vessel
SANTA ROSA
Voyage
202B
DURBAN
June 2nd, 2020
PORT ELIZABETH
June 17th, 2020
CAPE TOWN
Service
SAECS
Vessel
MAERKS LUZ
Voyage
203B
DURBAN
June 9th, 2020
PORT ELIZABETH
CAPE TOWN
June 25th, 2020
Service
SAECS
Vessel
SANTA URSULA
Voyage
203B
DURBAN
June 15th, 2020
PORT ELIZABETH
CAPE TOWN
June 29th, 2020
Service
WAF1
Vessel
ULSAN
Voyage
023N
DURBAN
PORT ELIZABETH
CAPE TOWN
June 21st, 2020
Service
WAF1
Vessel
NORTHEN DECENCY
Voyage
024N
DURBAN
PORT ELIZABETH
June 22nd, 2020
CAPE TOWN

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We look forward to continuing working with you in the future. In case of any questions, please contact your local customer service or sales representatives.

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