Susan Maersk – the first vessel to call as part of new East West Network
The first Maersk Line vessel to call at Southampton in five years arrived in the port on Tuesday. The Susan Maersk was calling as part of the Maersk Line’s new East West Network, the global shipping service that connects Europe, North America and Asia.
The vessel, 347 metres long and capable of carrying over 10,000 twenty foot containers, is calling in Southampton as part of a voyage that saw her leave Ningbo in China on 17th January. After discharging cargo, she will continue to Le Havre, Antwerp and Felixstowe before heading back out to the Far East.
Brian Godsafe, managing director of Maersk Line UK and Ireland, said “We’re pleased to be able to offer businesses in the South West of the UK an alternative mainline port. Our new network provides our UK customers with more services to and from the markets that matter in the Far East and having a call in Southampton offers flexibility to local businesses.”
The new call has been designed to service businesses based in the South West of the UK. Felixstowe will continue to be the major focus for customers based in the rest of the UK.