Maersk launches new India, Colombo-North Europe service from March

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Maersk Line has announced the launch of brand new ICON service covering South/East India and Sri Lanka to and from North Europe from March.

The global giant said South Asia is one of the world’s fastest growing sourcing areas for Maersk customers, and the ICON service will provide a unique and dedicated link to North Europe.

Globally, Maersk Line has consistently captured top spots for schedule reliability and this will also be a trade mark for the ICON service.

“Being in close dialogue with our customers helps us spot trends in sourcing and anticipate future needs. That is how we came up with the ICON service. It is a milestone in the development of our coverage of the Indian Sub continent and shows Maersk Lines dedication to supporting growth in this region,” says Vincent Clerc, Vice President for Europe Services in Maersk Line.

The ICON service will deploy 7x3400 teu vessels and operate with the following port rotation: Chennai – Colombo – Salalah – Zeebrugge – Felixstowe - Rotterdam – Bremerhaven –Salalah – Colombo.

ICON service highlights include Unique direct and dedicated service between Chennai and N. Europe; Fast transit time from South/East India and Sri Lanka to North Europe; Efficient and fast feeder link via Colombo to/from Bangladesh and Unmatched on time delivery in a complex and infrastructural challenged market.

The first vessel under the new service from Chennai is Maersk Miami – ETD 14th of March 2011.