Two novelties in European feeder network
Seago’s first new ice-class vessel makes maiden call to St. Petersburg. Arkas Line upgrades GPS Service by new call at Leixoes, Portugal
Seago Line has added new ships to its North Europe feeder link between Rotterdam, Netherlands and St. Petersburg, Russia. The first new ice-class vessel Vistula Maersk made her maiden call to Petrolesport and First Container Terminal; next vessel in series will be Volga Maersk, highlighting Maersk and Seago Line’s commitment to serving the Russian market.
These vessels will together be the only two to operate on the North Europe Feeder Link 1 service, ensuring consistency in tonnage and enhanced reliability throughout the year; they provide significant efficiency improvement per TEU, compared to the vessels they replace which are in the 1,400-1,700 TEUs capacity range.
Vistula Maersk and Volga Maersk operate on Seago Line’s L16/L01 service that calls Rotterdam’s APM Terminals 1, Delta Container Terminal and APM Terminals Maasvlakte 2, before calling Port of Ust-Luga and then Petrolesport and First Container Terminal in St. Petersburg.
During the coming months five more sisterships (namely Vayenga Maersk, Venta Maersk, Vuoksi Maersk, Vilnia Maersk and the last one still to be announced) will join the first two.
The intra-Europe and short-sea carrier within Maersk recently took delivery of the first in its series of vessels purpose-built to serve the North Sea and Baltic Sea.
“We are breaking the ice and offering year-round stable transportation solutions to our customers, who require a reliable service despite weather conditions” said Seago Line CEO Søren Castbak.
Built at COSCO Zhoushan Shipyard, China, with a nominal capacity of 3,596 TEUs and reefer capacity of 600 plugs, the new ships are the world’s largest ice-class container vessels, designed specifically for operation in winter conditions (down to -25°).
Apart from stronger hull, they are characterised by high refrigerated cargo intake, of special importance in a trade where perishables make a large share of cargo moved; fresh commodities moved on the short-sea service include citrus, tomatoes, oranges, potatoes to name a few.
In 2017, Moscow Maersk, a next generation Triple-E vessel, was added to Maersk Line’s North European fleet. “Vistula and Volga joining Seago Line’s fleet will soon be another symbol of our commitment to serving the Russian market and local customers” added Castbak.
Established in 2011 and fully-owned by Maersk Line, Seago Line is a dedicated intra-European carrier offering short sea and feeder container shipping services in Europe, from the Black Sea through the Mediterranean to the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, running 66 vessels covering 70 ports, creating one of the most extensive route networks in the region. Seago Line was.
Arkas Line upgrades GPS Service by new call at Leixoes, Portugal
Arkas Line is enhancing coverage of the GPS Great Pendulum service as of May 2018 by implementing Leixoes call to help to improve transit time by replacing rail road connection to Setubal while maintaining service reliability.
New direct Portuguese call will bring opportunities for customers by directly connecting main Mediterranean markets and Northern Portugal’s industry zones.
New GPS Service rotation of 5 vessels per 1,500 TEUs is: Genoa – Spezia – Salerno – Piraeus – Mersin – Beirut – Alex – Salerno – Spezia – Genoa – Casablanca – Setubal – Leixoes – Genoa.