August 15, 2007
Maersk Lines Limited adds more U.S.-flag ships
Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) announced today that it has enhanced its U.S. flag capacity with a weekly U.S. flag service to the Middle East.
MLL is a global, provider of logistics, maritime and transportation services to U.S. government agencies and their prime contractors. Based in Norfolk, Virginia, it has provided the U.S. government with transportation and maritime services for every major military operation from the Vietnam War to those now underway in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Its parent company is A.P. Moller - Maersk.
MLL has taken several strategic actions to improve customer service, including the introduction of three new U.S.-flag container vessels.
Two of these three G-class containerships, the MAERSK MONTANA and the MAERSK OHIO, have already sailed their maiden voyages as U.S. flag vessels. On August 21, MLL will flag the MAERSK IOWA to complete the expansion of the service. The addition of the three vessels, all built in 2006. will allow Maersk to offer greater frequency, capacity and reliability to U.S. flag customers on the MECL1 route.
"These vessels represent a significant investment in the U.S. flag fleet and will shape the future of MLL's U.S. Flag Liner Business," said John Reinhart, President and CEO of Maersk Line, Limited. "The changes announced today signal Maersk's ongoing commitment to better serve our U.S. flag customers."
Reinhart credited the leadership of MLL's partners in labor, the U.S. Maritime Administration, the U.S. Transportation Command, and the U.S. Coast Guard for their support in making these investments and improvements a reality.
The new MECL1 service route will begin each week with port calls in Newark, Norfolk and Charleston before crossing the Atlantic. The first foreign port of call will be Cagliari, Italy, which will serve as a relay point for cargo out of Houston on the West Med service.
After Cagliari, the MECL1 will now call on Port Said, Egypt. This port was added to support customers previously served by the Eastern Mediterranean service route, which is being phased out. Relays to Alexandria, Egypt; Ismir, Turkey; and Haifa, Israel will be handled through APM Terminals' operation at Port Said, helping to improve service levels to East Med destinations. The route will complete its outbound route with calls in Salalah, Oman; Jebel Ali, UAE; Port Qasim, Pakistan; and Nhava Sheva, India. These stops are the same as the current MECL1 route.