Maersk Sealand and P&O Nedlloyd
announced the upgrade of the direct KNSM service between North Europe and Morocco
. To replace existing smaller tonnage, the companies will, beginning at the end of November 2005, phase in two larger and faster vessels, each with a capacity of over 400 TEU (at 14 tons/TEU).
The upgraded service will include Bremerhaven, Germany in a new weekly fixed day rotation of Bremerhaven; Casablanca (Morocco), Agadir (Morocco), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Bremerhaven. The companies say the new transit times are improved, including Agadir to Rotterdam in 4 days, and Bremerhaven to Casablanca in 5 days.
The KNSM service will be connected to Maersk Sealand's Scandinavia and Baltic feeder systems at Bremerhaven. The upgraded service will offer a refrigerated cargo carrying capacity of over 200 TEU per week in each direction to support the growing reefer trade. Maersk Sealand and P&O Nedlloyd will market the upgraded service separately until mid-February 2006, after which it will be part of the new Maersk Line