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Maersk switches another service to London Gateway

[ January 26, 2016   //   ]

Maersk Line has switched the UK call of its Samba South America service from Tilbury to DP World London Gateway Port. The first call on the service will be made by the Maersk Lanco on 21 March.

The service includes calls at Santos, Paranagua, Itajal, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio Grande, Santos, Pecem, Algeciras, Rotterdam and London Gateway before heading back to the Continent and South America. A factor in the move was London Gateway’s ability to handle and inspect high volumes of refrigerated containers, said Maersk Line.

The port added that opening of Berth Three at the port later this year will further enhance its service. Chief executive, Simon Moore, said: “Maersk Line’s South Africa Europe Container Service has been calling here since 2013 and there are very clear advantages available to Maersk’s customers by calling at the UK’s newest, most advanced deep-sea port. Among these is our unrivalled ability to handle fresh produce and food products.

Brian Godsafe, managing director, Maersk Line UK and Ireland, added: “We enjoy a good relationship with the team at DP World London Gateway Port and have been pleased and impressed with recent service levels. We are certain that the move will be of benefit to our customers using the Samba service in and out of South America.”

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