In an effort to rationalise and further optimise the network between the Far East and the Indian Subcontinent and North Europe, Maersk Line will be merging the ICON service with the Asia-Europe “Daily Maersk” network.
“Beside the optimisation for the Indian Subcontinent to North Europe trade this rationalisation will also help in the efforts to establish a more balanced supply/demand scenario within the Far East to North Europe trade”, Maersk Line wrote today in an announcement.
The network changes will become effective post Chinese New Year (early February 2012), and will feature the following ICON product enhancements: dedicated feeder link between Chittagong and Tanjung Pelelas, providing access to the “Daily Maersk” network, AE7 service direct call in Colombo westbound, improving the transit time from Colombo to North Europe by 2-3 days, and a weekly Chennai feeder via Colombo, improving on time delivery.
Exports from North Europe to the Indian subcontinent, including Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, will be covered on the AE1 service which will feature direct call in Colombo.
The changes will not have any impact on the Daly Maersk network. The transportation times will remain unchanged.
Earlier this year Maersk Line launched its new service Daily Maersk which offers a daily service between Asia and North Europe with reliable on-time delivery.