Bottlenecks lead Maersk to adjust shipping schedules


Bottlenecks across Far East Asia have led A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) to change a number of its shipping schedules.

The Maersk shipping line has said that due to several external factors, primarily terminal congestion, the delay accumulation for its AE6 service has resulted in the departure schedules needing to be adjusted.

The first effective sailing subject to voyage number changes is as follows:

© Maersk

Additionally, changes have also been made to the group’s AE15 service which connects Asia to the Mediterranean.

Driven by a combination of increased demand and measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic across ports and supply chains in general, Maersk has listed the following amendments.

© Maersk

“To provide improved schedule visibility to our customers and after careful review, Maersk has decided to adjust the voyages numbers starting from below sailings to match with corresponding actual departure weeks of the vessels and services,” the company said in a recent customer advisory.

Arguably, one of the main causes of terminal congestion in Far East Asia is the recent lockdown in Shanghai, China which has recently been extended.

Despite operations at the Port of Shanghai remaining active, Maersk-operated depots and warehouses across the city are remaining closed.

The Port of Hamburg has also noted that Shanghai is in a state of “emergency” in managing COVID-19 transmission.

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