Maersk Line Ltd. has purchased and is currently reflagging eight newer and larger container ships to upgrade the ocean transportation services provided to its U.S. military, government and commercial customers.
The carrier’s investment of about half a billion dollars in eight vessels will enhance services to the Middle East and Mediterranean from the U.S. East Coast. The vessels are about 10 years younger than the outgoing ships, offering improved fuel efficiency and environmental performance.
The vessels will join Maersk Line Ltd.’s weekly Middle East Container Line service, MECL1, throughout May and June. The route serves commercial customers and the U.S. military, and it transports U.S.-grown food aid. MECL1 will be the industry’s only direct U.S.-flag service to and from the U.S. East Coast and Pakistan, and the service includes a new stop in Algeciras, Spain.
All eight vessels will join the Maritime Security Program and Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement.