Maersk reopens direct bookings to Ukraine

Covington, Virginia, USA - April 2, 2015: A freight train hauling Maersk Line shipping containers on rolling stock rail cars travels near downtown Covington on a Spring day.

A.P. Moller – Maersk has announced that it has restarted direct bookings to Ukraine from across the world after monitoring the country’s situation and its level of safety.

The Danish carrier launched a new, weekly barge service from the Port of Constanta, Romania, to the Port of Reni, Ukraine.

Maersk has stated that its systems are updated and ready to accept direct customer bookings to the Port of Reni.

This service is now fully operational across two routes – via the Constanta or Danube Channel and the Black Sea – with a transit time of approximately 1.5 days.

The shipping giant formed this route to provide some container connectivity to Ukraine, even though logistics operations remain challenging in and around the country amid the ongoing war.

Bookings will be subject to operational capacity and the correct documentation being submitted, which includes the legal acceptance of a Ukraine clause due to the ongoing risk in the area, Maersk stated.

READ: Maersk drops Ningbo port call from AC2 service

This announcement comes on the same week that Maersk announced the integration of West & Central Asia and Africa to form a new combined IMEA region.

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