Maersk announces ocean shipping service ‘Al Maha’

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Al Maha to commence its rotation
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A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) has announced that the ocean shipping service, ‘Al Maha’, will commence its rotation in June 2023.

The ‘Al Maha’ service will rotate between the important ports across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Egypt, and Morocco. Further, it aims to benefit exporters and importers in the region across different commodities.

“As a result of this implementation, Maersk will discontinue the ME3 and ME4 services and serve all customers on those trade routes with the Al Maha service,” the company said.

Mr. Bhavan Vempati, Head of Regional Ocean Management, Maersk Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and Africa, said that, “Over the last few years, reliable and predictable supply chains that cater to the evolving consumer behaviors have emerged as the backbone of global trade. Having carefully studied our customers’ requirements arising out of the current market dynamics, we have designed the Al Maha service that will help our customers in driving value out of their supply chains.”

According to the statement, “The Al Maha service will offer loading flexibility from Saudi Eastern Province, enabling customers to reshuffle between Dammam and Jubail, providing ample capacity to cater for customers’ needs and with more reliable schedules allowing better planning of their supply chains.”

The Al Maha service will offer further connections to European, Middle Eastern, and Far Eastern markets for petrochemical exporters out of Saudi Arabia.

The company further noted that, the Al Maha service, with its enhanced capacity, will be in an excellent position to support the anticipated growth in fish exports out of Duqm. At the same time, it will continue to deliver unmatched reliability to Maersk’s customers.

Mr. Vempati further added that, “We remain committed to our customers and focus on responding to the needs of their end consumers. Our ambition is to play a significant role in the economic growth and development of our customers as well as the economies we operate in.”

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