Maersk announces it is taking bookings on its Europe to Asia route again


Shipping line Maersk has said that it is recommencing bookings on its backhaul route from Europe to Asia.

The company suspended the routes last month with it saying that a backlog of containers at European terminals was to blame, following an unprecedented build-up of cargo caused by a number of vessel cancellations following the Chinese New Year.


However, it is being reported that Maersk are introducing super slow steaming on these routes, meaning the ships will travel at a rate of only 15 knots. As a result, it could take up to 50 days for the ships to arrive, which is slower than the tea clippers in the 18th century.

According to the WCI Rotterdam/Shanghai index, a guide price of $800 can be expected in May for a container on this route, with it also being reported that more surcharges are being introduced by the various shipping lines. The price is expected to exceed $1,000 in the third quarter of the year.