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Maersk reefer route to switch from Portsmouth to Southampton

[ December 9, 2019   //   ]

Maersk Line is to switch the UK call for its ECUBEX South America reefer box service from Portsmouth due to an increase in vessel size from 2,500 to 2,900teu. The new vessels are too large to fit in Portsmouth as it is currently configured.

The last Portsmouth call will be on 24 January and the first Southampton call will be on 30 January 2020.

Maersk’s existing CLX service will continue calling at London Gateway and the CRX service will continue to call at Tilbury.

Portsmouth has however recently been successful in winning back Geest Line’s reefer service back from Dover. It also handles the Seatrade reefer box line from South America.

Portsmouth International Port director, Mike Sellers, said that the space released by the ending of the Maersk calls would be used to handle project and other cargoes and the port would continue its diversification strategy.