Maersk tries to minimise disruptions for customers after fire
The Maersk Line was making alternative vessels available for European exporters scheduled to load containers on the 'MAersk Honam'
The Maersk Line was making alternative vessels available for European exporters scheduled to load containers on the 'MAersk Honam'. The vessel was part of the 2M Alliance's AE11 Jade loop, with the port rotation of Qingdao, Busan, Ningbo, Xiamen, Nansha, Yantian, Singapore, Malta, Barcelona, Valencia, La Spezia, Gioia Tauro, Port Said, King Abdullah City, Dubai, Singapore, Shekou, Xiamen, and Qingdao. A total of 11 vessels of between 13,000 and 15,900 TEU were deployed on the string. The 'Maersk Honam' was scheduled to arrive in Europe one or two weeks after the fire and the carrier had time to put a contingency plan in place to mitigate further disruption. For customers who intended to load cargo on the 'Maersk Honam' in Europe to be exported to Asia, Maersk Line will be considering an alternative vessel to take over its rotation or make other allowances on other Maersk Line vessels sailing to Asia. Several Maersk Line vessels assisted in the search and rescue for the missing crew members, but the carrier did not expect schedule disruption as a result. To mitigate further impact to schedules of the vessels assisting with the search and rescue, Maersk Line vessels traversing the region are rotated periodically, so that one vessel is not excessively delayed.