Maersk Line launched a new container service, the Ecuador-Banana-Express (ECUBEX), effective June 1.
“This fast and reliable service into North Europe and Russia has been widely recognized as a viable alternative to the existing transport solutions offered by conventional reefer carriers,” Maersk said in a statement.
The Danish carrier said the weekly service offers attractive transit times from Guayaquil to Rotterdam (15 days) and Bremerhaven (17 days) without transshipment, and connects key markets in Scandinavia, Baltic Sea and Russia through its extensive feeder hub at Bremerhaven.
The ECUBEX rotation is Guayaquil, Balboa, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven (Northbound) and Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Manzanillo, Balboa, and Guayaquil (Southbound).
The first northbound sailing was the Nedlloyd Marita that departed from Guayaquil on June 1. The first southbound vessel is the Maersk Niamey, scheduled to depart from Bremerhaven on June 4.