As well as being part of Maersk Gorup's first ever connection with Dublin, the service also represents the return to Liverpool by Maersk in a decade. Once it is opened, the route will link newly developed Liverpool2 container terminal with Maersk’s services to North and West Africa.
“With competitive transit times and convenient berthing windows, we are well-placed to serve customers who seek new opportunities through this Mediterranean connection," said Seago Line gm for UK & Ireland Robert Clegg.
“Furthermore, our customers located in the Liverpool hinterland can now access South European and North African markets with Seago Line as a complementary addition to our existing offer."
Marine trials at Liverpool2 are slated for the beginning of April, with machinery coming online throughout Q2, and phase one of the new terminal to become fully operational in Q3.
MSC-owned WEC Lines has also introduced a number of new services to the Port of Liverpool, including a link with Sines, a major Portugese transhipment hub.
Patrick Walters, commercial director at Peel Ports, said: “The two services that have already been announced, combined with these additional new services, are a strong signal of intent from lines in the run up to the opening of Liverpool2.
“Carriers are being increasingly convinced of the arguments around the strength of shipping closer to market via the northwest; partly due to the excellent support we’ve received from cargo owners who are looking for ways to reduce costs, carbon emissions and congestion in their supply chain.”
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