From concept to reality: The world’s largest vessel sharing agreement
- Building Maersk Line’s new East-West network began in Maersk Line’s network planning and design teams. Using historic cargo flows and GDP growth forecasts, designers mapped the likely routes of the vessels.
- The network deployment team analysed the feasibility of the design, considering cost and operational efficiencies of various vessel types, commercial priorities and a long list of other factors.
- Discussions with the partner (MSC) followed, confirming schedules, services and vessel selection.
After 6 months of design, planning and discussions, 2M - the world’s largest vessel sharing agreement (VSA) between Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) started operations on Saturday.
Munkebo Maersk, a Triple-E and the first vessel on Maersk Line’s new East-West network picked up the network’s first container in the port of Dalian in northeast China on Friday 9 January, before sailing on to Busan, Korea.
“It’s good news. Now we have to get all 116 of the other vessels in to the network as smoothly as possible,” says Erik Nielsen, Head of Deployment in Maersk Line Operations.
The creation and implementation of 2M has involved (and continues to involve) thousands of Maersk Line employees as well as counterparts at MSC.
And as vessels phase into the new network every week for the next few months, multiple sets of eyes will be on each one of them to ensure any unexpected delays are dealt with quickly.