Maersk and MSC: 2M

New Transatlantic route brings huge vessels to Port of Liverpool

An alliance between Maersk Line and the Mediterranean Shipping Company, known as 2M, will switch its TA2 service from Felixstowe to Liverpool on a temporary basis from July 22. Felixstowe is struggling with problems with a new terminal operating system. At the same time, Maersk Line’s South American service, Colombia Express, will also start calling at the port of Liverpool, exporting UK goods to Newark.

The TA2 and Colombia Express routes will use a range of vessels up to 8,500 TEU. The larger vessels will call at the Liverpool2 terminal with smaller vessels using Royal Seaforth Container Terminal. Liverpool2, best known for its giant red cranes, was officially opened in late 2016. Owner Peel Ports says it invested £400 million in the project to ensure the city could attract the biggest ships in the world. A sinkhole that opened up on the terminal last February was fixed later in the year and Peel said it did not delay operations. The current congestion at Felixstowe has now given Peel Ports a chance to prove what the terminal can do.

Liverpool will be the final port of call for both weekly services as they head westbound across the Atlantic. The ships will load UK export cargo such as Scotch whisky, food products and trade machinery.

According to an article on lbndaily.co.uk, the new services will also see the Port of Liverpool open up direct links with the US ports of Charleston and Savannah.

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