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New Maersk service to link Jebel Ali to Med

New Maersk service to link Jebel Ali to Med

Copenhagen: Danish container giant Maersk Line intends to cash in on trade growth between Dubai and North Africa and Europe with the launch of a new Middle East-Europe (ME3) service connecting the port of Jebel Ali with the Mediterranean. The first sailing in the new rotation will begin from Nhava Sheva on March 11.

ME3 will also create Maersk's first direct link between Nhava Sheva port and Jebel Ali, providing faster transit times between the UAE and India, Joel Rodricks, general manager for marketing, told Gulf News. "This change in service will serve Dubai's growing re-export trade with the Mediterranean, especially the markets of Libya, Algeria and Egypt. The Mediterranean is a large market for the Middle East. The improved transit time will assist traders shipping cargo to this lucrative market," he said.

The network change will mean a sailing from Jebel Ali direct to Mediterranean ports, resulting in a faster transit time of up to one week compared to current schedules, the company said in a statement.

It will use 5,500teu capacity vessels with fixed weekly port calls. The service's rotation will also cover ports in Egypt, Italy and Spain.  [05/03/09]