Cape route


Maersk launch ME8 for Middle East and Europe connections via Cape of Good Hope

Maersk will launch a new ME8 service calling at Doha, Dammam, Jubail, Jebel Ali, Abu Dhabi, Duqm, Tanger, Port Said, Barcelona, Tanger, Algeciras, Salalah, Jebel Ali, Doha using the longer route via the Cape of Good Hope. The first sailing will be made on 14 February 2024 with the 9,034 teu SAN CLEMENTE on the westbound voyage at Doha while the 4,253 teu CONSTATINOS P II will make the first eastbound voyage at Port Said on 17 February. The service will turn in 13 weeks on an extended rotation


THE Alliance ends Cape of Good Hope routing on Asia-Europe services

THE Alliance carriers (Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, ONE and Yang Ming) have ended the Cape of Good Hope routing on the eastbound (backhaul) legs of the FE2, FE3 and FE4 services from North Europe to Asia that started since November 2022 and have switched back to the regular route via the Suez Canal. The last FE2 sailing to take the Cape route was the 19,870 teu AL ZUBARA that departed from Rotterdam on 5 March 2023 after 10 consecutive sailings that skipped the Suez route. The Cape routing was already en


THE Alliance diverts EC4 backhaul via Cape route

THE Alliance carriers (Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, ONE and Yang Ming) have started to divert the ships on the EC4 backhaul voyages via the Cape of Good Hope starting with the departures from the US East Coast in November 2022. A total of 9 EC4 sailings will take the longer Cape route instead of the regular passage via the Suez Canal, in a move that will allow the carriers to save on canal toll fees as well as reduce the effective capacity on the route with the EC4 sailings reduced to fortnightly departu


THE Alliance re-directs 3 Asia-Europe backhaul services to the Cape route

THE Alliance carriers (Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, ONE and Yang Ming) have re-directed ships on 3 of their 5 Asia-North Europe services to take the longer route back to Asia via the Cape of Good Hope from week 47 as carriers begin to take capacity management measures to deal with the collapse in Asia Europe freight rates. The affected services are the FE2, FE3 and FE4 with all ships on these services that are departing from Europe from the end of November 2022 being diverted from their usual Suez route

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