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Liverpool a permanent fixture for 2M Alliance

[ January 15, 2019   //   ]

The 2M shipping alliance – Maerk Line and MSC is to make permanent the temporary Liverpool call on its transpacific TA4 service introduced after last summer’s disruption in Felixstowe. The port rotation will be Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Liverpool, Newark, Savannah, Port Everglades and North Charleston and the route will by operated by 5,500teu vessels.
Peel Ports chief executive, Mark Whitworth said: “The tide is clearly turning in Liverpool’s favour as shipping lines and their customers see the evidence for how our location can benefit the whole supply chain. 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.”
Maersk trade and marketing director Asbjorn Kops, added: “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.”
Managing director of MSC UK, Dan Everitt, commented: “MSC has been connecting Liverpool to global routes since 2001 and the Port of Liverpool is an integral part of our UK logistics network. The change we made on this service has worked for us and our customers so it makes business sense to continue it.”

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