Maersk Line plans to launch a container service, called the ME4, linking India, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, effective in November.
The ME4 port rotation will be Jebel Ali, Nhava Sheva (Jawaharlal Nehru), Jeddah, Malta, Algeciras, Tangiers, Genoa, Jeddah and back to Jebel Ali.
The Danish carrier said the new service will deploy vessels with a carrying capacity of 4,500 20-foot equivalent units and connect at Port Tangiers with its Rumba Service, which is being merged into Mediterranean Shipping Company’s "Spain Loop 2 Service" starting in November.
The merged Rumba Service, deploying six 6,000-TEU vessels, will call Gioia Tauro, Valencia, Algeciras, Pecem, Salvador, Paranagua, Itapoa, Imbituba, Santos, Las Palmas, Tangier, Algeciras and Gioia Tauro.
“The new service allows for a more cost beneficial operation in the current trading environment and reflects the current market demand in this trade,” Maersk said.