Hapag-Lloyd said Wednesday that a Europe-West Africa service it operates with MOL and Zim will split into two services from May.
The service, which Hapag-Lloyd calls WAX, will effectively become a long-line service with a complementary feeder. MOL calls the existing service ARN and ZIM calls it NAF.
From the existing rotation, Lagos will be dropped, while Tangiers will be added, giving a revised rotation of Antwerp, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Thamesport, Antwerp, Tangiers, Dakar, Tema, Abidjan, San Pedro, and Antwerp.
It will be operated with six vessels, though the lines specified neither the size nor operators of the vessels. The current service is operated with seven vessels with an average capacity of 1,719 TEUs, though its likely the new rotation will see larger vessels.
Hapag-Lloyd also said a complementary feeder loop from Tangiers will be added to serve Apapa, Lagos’ largest port.
“Both services will offer an improved connectivity to other trades via transshipment at Tangiers,” the line said. “Major services ex U.S. West Coast, Caribbean, South America East Coast, North Europe and Mediterranean will be connected via our new Tangiers hub. The new service structure will improve our West Africa Service substantially in terms of reliability and faster transit times to and from West Africa.” — Eric Johnson