Liverpool gains permanent call on 2M Alliance transatlantic service

The switch by Maersk Line and MSC of a transatlantic service from Liverpool from Felixstowe last July after the latter port suffered severe delays due to problems with a new terminal operating system has become permanent.

Peel Ports said that the 2M Alliance of Maersk and MSC had decided to make Liverpool a permanent port of call on the TA4 service Europe and the US after the introduction of a temporary call in July last year when the Port of Felixstowe suffered severe delays following the introduction of new terminal operating system in June.

“Switching our transatlantic service temporarily to Liverpool allowed us to maintain our comprehensive UK offering with a wide range of connections to our global network. Based on demand and interest from businesses across the North West we are pleased to be making this change permanent,” said Asbjorn Kops, trade and marketing director of Maersk.

Peel Ports sees that Liverpool could benefiting over concerns at congestion at ports in the southeast the UK being exacerbated by Brexit.

“The south-east has congested ports, an acute haulier shortage and major concerns about the impact of Brexit on continental trade. The logistics business is naturally risk-averse, especially in these unprecedented times, but it’s clear that the rewards are there for those prepared to take bold moves,” said Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports.

The service will have a port rotation covering Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Liverpool, Newark, Savannah, Port Everglades and North Charleston.

Posted 16 January 2019

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Marcus Hand

Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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