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Maersk Line lays up eight vessels

Maersk Line lays up eight vessels

Copenhagen: Maersk Line has announced the lay up of eight 6,500 teu vessels. The decision follows the recently announced changes in its Asia - Europe, Asia - Central America, and Transpacific service networks. This resulted in surplus vessel tonnage, which Maersk will not redeploy.
"In view of the market conditions, we have reached the point where laying up the eight vessels makes better economical sense than redeploying them. Freight rates remain under severe pressure, and in several corridors the rates do not fully cover our variable costs. Rate improvements are imperative for the industry to create a sustainable environment," said Michel Deleuran, Head of Network and Product in Maersk Line.
Maersk said additional laying up of vessels was likely.
"We make these changes to reduce capacity and save costs, while we at the same time seek to maintain or expand our service level and coverage. For example, our recently announced Asia - Europe and Transpacific service changes includes more direct services," Deleuran said.
"We belong to a financially strong group and we will continue offering our customers reliable services in line with their requirements, also in these challenging times".
The eight vessels that Maersk Line will lay up are of the CV 65 class. They will be laid up from December 2008 to May/June 2009, predominantly in Asia.  [5/12/08]


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