Maersk Line, the leading shipping line to Africa, has dropped calls at Lome and Walvis Bay on its FEW1 service from the Far East and replaced same with a call at Tin-Can Island Port Complex (TCIPC), Apapa, Lagos.
The new rotation will result in the carrier making two weekly calls to the TCIPC.
Maersk Line is already providing a weekly call on their FEW2 service from main ports in the Far East to both the Lagos Port Complex (LPC), Apapa and the TCIPC.
The FEW1 new rotation will cater to additional cargo to the Lagos area.
The new rotation will be Tanjung Pelepas, Tin-Can Island, Onne, Douala, Port Kelang, Tanjung Pelepas.
Maersk Line in 2011 invested US$2 billion in 22 new ships specially designed to visit West Africa’s shallow-water ports. All the WAFMAX ships designed for Nigerian ports are currently in operation.
Maersk Line transported 8.5 million 40-foot equivalent (FFE) containers in 2012 and is the largest container carrier in the world.
Maersk Line has a 36 per cent and 27 per cent import and export shares respectively of the container shipping market in sub-Saharan Africa.