Maersk responds to ocean congestion with new intermodal route

Maersk launches new Europe/Asia route in response to ocean congestion

A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) has launched its first block train intermodal service between Europe and China, using Malaszewicze, Poland, as an EU exit point, in response to increasing congestion and shrinking ocean capacity.

In a statement, the carrier said limited capacity on shipping lanes between Europe and Asia meant it has had to find new ways to meet customer needs.

Javier Marin, South-West Europe and Maghreb Head of Intermodal at Maersk, said the carrier has “tailored a solution for an important chemical company, integrating various transport modes to provide them high flexibility as well as reliability to transport their chemical products.”

The block train transported 37×40 containers from Duisburg, Germany, to Hefei, China, having begun the journey truck in Cartagena, Spain, in 32 days.

Transporting chemical cargo needs extra dedication as it requires high levels of complexity. Intercontinental rail is a good choice and can add value and alternative solution to chemicals supply chain, securing greater resilience.

For this first of its kind eastbound block train from Southern West Europe to Asia, Maersk has partnered with RTSB, the leading railway operator along the Eurasian corridor.

James Seale, Product Manager at Maersk, also commented, “We will continue to work with rail partners to provide fast and reliable service to our customers.

“This intercontinental block train has been able to stand by its schedule, delivery times and swift transit clearance on time, creating firm ground for further expansion of transcontinental transit.

“To the extent that, we are currently working on arranging another one to Shanghai, in this case with 41x 40 containers.”

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